Helen A. Spinnler, 96

August 23, 2011
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MAY 12, 1915-AUG. 21, 2011

Mrs. Helen Augusta Spinnler, 96, passed from this life on Aug. 21, 2011, at the Lorien Nursing Home in Columbia, Md.  

Born May 12, 1915, in Paterson, N.J., she was the daughter of Walter Babb and Lena Shortway Babb.  

She was married to William C. Spinnler for 45 years.

Helen was a homemaker for most of her life, raising seven children. She also worked part-time for more than 20 years, selling boys' clothing at Woodward & Lothrop, the Youth Center and Montgomery Ward. She left school at 14 as the Great Depression started to help support her family. More than 60 years later, she was proud to receive her General Education Development high school diploma at the age of 75 in Washington County, Md.

Helen was a member of the Eastern Star, Lady Elks and was a deaconess for  Presbyterian Church in Hagerstown. After retirement, she was an active volunteer at Coffman Nursing Home, Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown Community College, the American Red Cross, and the annual JFK 50-Mile event. She had many interests, including sewing, knitting, card games, bingo, bowling, traveling and following the Baltimore Orioles. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially during large holiday get-togethers with her seven children and her large extended family. Each new baby added to the family brought her great joy until the very end.

Helen was predeceased by her husband; her parents; her only brother, Tom Babb (killed in action during World War II); her sisters, Ruth McNamara and Eleanor DeHope; and her oldest daughter, Barbara Lee Morris, who passed away Jan. 13, 2006.

Helen is survived by six children, William W. Spinnler of Whittier, Calif.; James T. Spinnler and wife, Trudy, of Columbia; Susan R. Stup and husband, Ron, of Highland, Md.; John R. (Jack) Spinnler and wife, Anne, of Frederick, Md.; Donald H. Spinnler and wife, Janet, of Frederick; and Michael B. Spinnler and wife, Maria, of Hagerstown, Md. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation, and a memorial service is being planned by her family for this autumn.

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