Sunday, May 30, 2010

Helen Lui (Barker) Kober

Helen Lui Kober, age 87 passed away Sunday May 30, 2010. She was born November 25, 1922, in Anamosa, Iowa, to Charles and Myrtle (Smithson) Barker.

She graduated from Anamosa High School in 1940 and went to work as a telephone operator until 1944 when she married William Lui and they moved to Racine. He preceded her in death in 1981. Her six children were all born in Racine and later she went to work as head checker at Krogers. When Krogers left town she began working in the retail car business. She retired as office manager at Gentile Olds in 1989. She was a member and officer of Concerned Hearts for a number of years.

In 1983 she married Henry Kober who preceded her in death in 2000. Helen was a member of St. Joseph Church since 1947. She struggled many years with emphysema. When younger, she enjoyed playing cribbage, sheepshead and poker.

She leaves behind her six children Judith (Thomas) Maresh, Joan (Robert) Hueffner, Margaret (Marvin) Kaddatz, William Lui, Carol Lui and Robert Lui. She also leaves 10 grandchildren, Carla (Tom) Jameson, Gary Maresh, Craig (Ellen) Hueffner, Julie (Justin) Gall, Keith Hueffner, Jodi Bingman, Brenda Kaddatz, Brian (Sheila) Kaddatz, Eric Oertel and Mike Lui. Her great-grandchildren include Rebecca Bingman, Cody Bingman, Joshua Kaddatz, Kevin Kaddatz, Gavin Kaddatz, Connor Hueffner, Aiden Hueffner and Sara Jameson. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Betty Lui and Rosemary McKinney; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by all of her brothers: John, Willie, George, Tom and Clarence; sisters: Annetta, Ethel, Wilma, and Mary; and great-granddaughter, Lauren Hueffner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 4, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family have been suggested.

803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

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