Helen a wonderful and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother passed away on December 20, 2021 at the age of 88. Family was always first and foremost. Helen was born to Rose and Max Klein in 1933 and grew up on the Southside of Indianapolis along with her sisters, Sylvia and Annette.
Helen graduated from Shortridge High School in 1951 and shortly thereafter went to work as an administrative assistant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
She met her husband, Joseph, at a dance at the Kirschbaum J.C.C. and they married in March 1953. While dating, they enjoyed many evenings dancing under the stars at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.
She was a longtime member of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, an avid golfer and 9-hole champion at Broadmoor Country Club. Helen was a yoga and fitness enthusiast and enjoyed spending winters in Florida with her family and friends. She loved travel, fashion and gourmet cooking. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
Helen is survived by her son, Karl (Ilene) Smith, her daughter, Marla (Douglas) Etkin and grandchildren, Andrea Schneider, Jason Schneider, and Gabriella Smith. Her husband, Joe, preceded her in death in 2015.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, in Beth-El Zedeck North Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Family Program Enrichment Fund c/o Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, 600 W. 70th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or www.bez613.org
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