Helen M. Jewett, 92 of Van Wert, passed on peacefully Monday afternoon, January 16, 2023, at Defiance CHP Hospice.
She was born in August 3,1930, in Buffalo, New York to the late John Wallace Nelson and Isabelle Mae (Bois) Nelson.
After high school, at age 18, she joined the US Air Force as one of the first wave of women to enter. Helen served from 1948 to 1952 and then she was honorably discharged. In the Air Force is where she met her future husband, Harold Jewett who passed away on November 3, 2006. The two were married on November 30, 1953 and remained married for well over 50 years until his death.
The first part of Helen’s married life was spent as a homemaker. She eventually went to college and received her Master’s Degree in Education from University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne. She then spent 27 years teaching English and American literature at Wayne Trace High School. Helen was active in the Van Wert Civic Theatre with her husband, Hal. She was also a lifelong member
of the First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert and enjoyed singing in the choir for 65 years.
Family survivors include five children, Denny (Robin) Jewett of Willshire, Scott (Paula) Jewett of Tipp City, Ohio, Chris (Stan) Sheehan of Van Wert, Stuart (Barb) Jewett of Van Wert and Jeni Jewett (Dennis Miller) of Van Wert. Grandchildren include, Jason (Jill) Jewett, Lucas (Claire) Jewett, Tyler Jewett, Allie Jewett (Tommy Boyd), Megan Sheehan (Andrew Schlieter), Logan (Annalise) Sheehan, Katie Sheehan (Michael Herald), Veronica Jewett, Casey Jewett (Andrew Taylor), Drew (Saundra) Moore, Andrea Campbell (Adam Weiser) and Sheila Collins (Tyler Kreischer). She also has fourteen great grandchildren. Helen is also survived by half siblings John, Leo and Jeannie Wilson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, June Storm and Doris McDonald; one brother, Jimmy Nelson.
A memorial services will be held at Noon on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert with Rev. J. H. Vanlal Hruaia officiating. There will be visitation from 10:00 a.m. - Noon on Saturday. Burial will take place at a later date.
Preferred memorials are to the First Presbyterian Church, Van Wert or the Van Wert Civic Theatre Group.
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