Helen C. LaneSeptember 1, 1925 ~ May 9, 2017 (age 91)
Helen C. Lane, a lifelong resident of Merced County, died Tuesday after a short illness at the age of 91. Helen was born in Atwater to Charles and Barbara Kelber. She lived in Atwater nearly her entire life and was active in church and community events. Helen was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Patrick, #1644, and involved in numerous activities associated with St. Anthony’s School and Parish. She worked at the Atwater Post Office, as a nurse’s aide working with polio patients, a teacher’s aide in Winton (famously keeping an eye on the kids with her binoculars), many summers at Wood Fruit Company tallying peaches, and Minetti’s Stationers. She most loved the years she ran Grandma’s Day Care from her home in Atwater. She took care of many children who all called her Grandma and who kept in touch with her over the years.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Art, daughter Debbie, grandson Ritchie, and sister Marguerite (Sr. Carol Marie). She is survived by her daughters Mary Kay Hughes and Terri Lucas, her (favorite) son-in-law Charlie Lucas, her brother Chuck Kelber , sister Lorraine Tabor, and nieces and nephews. Close to her heart are her many grandchildren: Linda, Michael, Kevin, Matthew (Wonch) and Rachel Davis; Scott, April, Heather, Steven, David, and Bobby (Hughes); and Michele and Angie (Lucas) and too many great grandchildren to list. She loved being kept up to date on all of them.
Helen was a quick witted, funny, adventurous woman who loved life and was willing to try anything – including riding on Charlie’s motorcycle on her 80th and 90th birthdays. She loved painting, crocheting, sewing and especially playing dice, cribbage and other card games with her daughters and grandchildren, especially if she won the money.
A memorial vigil prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Atwater, followed by Mass at 10:00 a.m. and burial at Winton District Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Patrick #1644 Scholarship Fund (PO Box 356, Atwater, CA 95301), or Valley Children’s Hospital Madera.