Helen R. “Aunt Helen” VanBlargan

December 13, 1921 ‒ July 22, 2015

Howard, Ohio

Helen R. “Aunt Helen” VanBlargan, age 93, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015 peacefully surrounded by loved ones at the North Central Hospice House in Ashland.

She was born in Plummers Mill, Kentucky in Fleming County to John and Elizabeth Butcher. Helen graduated from Flemmingsburg High School in 1939 and moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1940.

Helen was a long time employee and retired from the National Solvent Corp. She met and married Forest VanBlargan in Cleveland, Ohio and was happily married until his death in 1981.

She loved traveling around the country and vacationing to Alaska three times was one of her favorite trips. She enjoyed fishing and bragged about the many big catches from Canada. Family above all was her model. She loved to entertain and cook for friends and family. She was a life-long member of the Shilo Methodist Church in Plummers Mill, Kentucky, an Associate Member of Danville United Methodist Church and a member of the Apple Valley Fish Club.

Helen is survived by two step sons, Joseph (Kathy) VanBlargan, John VanBlargan; her loving sister Frankie Boothe; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her first husband William Streidl; her second husband Forest VanBlargan; brothers Clarence, Russell, Thomas, and Gordon Butcher; and her sisters Alice Cooper and Edith Engle.

Friends may call on Saturday from 10-11AM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home (201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050) with the service to follow beginning at 11AM with Pastor Jason Humble officiating. The graveside committal will be held in Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon, Ohio beginning at 3PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: North Central Ohio Hospice, 1050 Dauch Dr., Ashland, Ohio 44805.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the friends and family of Helen R. “Aunt Helen” VanBlargan.

  • My loving friend,

    I will alway remember the great times we had at National Solvent. You hired me site unseen with only a phone interview. I have known you since I was 17. You were my mentor, my friend, and my confidant. I am the woman I am today because of your great influence. I really enjoyed our times together and will miss you terribly. You bought me my very first drink, a grasshopper. I wasn’t quit 18 but looked like it and we got away with it. I love you, my friend, and will miss you. I intend to see you again, with those great candied apples. With all my love, Marie

  • What can I say that would even come close to describing this amazing lady?
    She had a successful career and ran a side business in the day when most women were homemakers. Everyone who met her immediately loved her. I was blessed to have her as my biological aunt but she was “Aunt Helen” to probably hundreds. In all the years I knew her, I never heard her gripe or complain. She was always positive and upbeat. She survived the death of two husbands, cancer and a year of chemotherapy. When she finished her chemo, she held a huge party for friends and family. She celebrated life and enjoyed people. Anyone who walked in the door was welcomed and became family. She hosted Thanksgiving dinner for years. The last time was in 2014 when she was 92. Wow could she cook! One of my best memories is preparing food with her. She was the best aunt anyone could ever have. Way cool!! Lori do you remember drying your jeans in the back window of the car after you went swimming against Mom’s orders? Aunt Helen was a willing accomplice and partner in crime! Aunt Helen was not only a great aunt to me, she was like a third grandmother to my daughter. Some of Lauren’s best childhood memories are of trips to the zoo and Sea World with Aunt Helen along with biscuits for breakfast and Oreos after school. Family was always paramount to Aunt Helen. I know she is rejoicing today with loved ones who have gone on before. We are sad because she has left, but on heaven’s shore they are rejoicing because she has arrived! It must be some party up there!