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Helen Alice Walkden (Spitzer)

December 17, 1933 February 27, 2021
Helen Alice Walkden (Spitzer)
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Helen (Spitzer) Walkden

Helen (Spitzer) Walkden of Columbia Station was born on December 17, 1933 in Grafton and died after a lengthy illness on February 27, 2021.

She is survived by a son, Kenny Lee of Columbia Station; a daughter, Kelly Sue Gulick (Matthew) of Hebron, Ohio; and two grandsons, Max Gulick of Newark, Ohio and Andrew Gulick of Hebron.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Richard Walkden in September 2020; an infant son, Douglas Allen; her parents, Roe and Gertrude (Shumway) Spitzer; a sister, Thelma Spitzer Gibbs; and a brother, Charles Spitzer.

As a youth and teenager, Helen worked at her father’s chain of grocery stores: Spitzer Super Stores. She was a 1951 graduate of Eaton High School where she was the senior class secretary. Helen was a 1954 graduate of Kent State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She also completed graduate work at KSU and Bowling Green State University, studying how to incorporate computers in classroom learning activities and how to implement creative learning techniques for talented and gifted students.

After college graduation she taught three generations of students: three years in Berea City Schools, and 28 years in Columbia Local Schools. She had high expectations of her students and found creative ways to engage them in the learning process, then lavishly praised and rewarded their efforts. She served as a mentor to new teachers and often invited them to her family’s events.

Helen relished a variety of interests and after retiring from teaching in 1985, she kept her academic skills honed by reading celebrity autobiographies, completing crossword puzzles, and watching game shows such as “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”She worked as a Columbia Township poll worker for 20 years and as a bus-tour host for seven years.Helen was a dedicated volunteer at Elyria Memorial Hospital for 18 years; she was recognized for more than 1,500 service hours.

She dearly lovedan adventure!She enjoyed eight cruises and had visited all 50 states,Bermuda, and Mexico, all provinces of Canada, and all the Caribbean islands, often touring with friends or family. In 1975 Helen traveled around the world to mirror the travels of her father. She and Richard wintered for 12 years in North Fort Myers, Florida, where they hosted family and Columbia Station-area friends. Helen often shared her adventures through slideshows and detailed scrapbooks.

Helen and Richard were founding members of the Columbia Community Foundation.
Helen was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and Rowdy Ruby Red Hots.
She was a member of the Friends of the Columbia Library and asked, instead of flowers, for donations to the Children’s Department, Columbia Branch Library, 13824 West River Road North, Columbia Station, Ohio 44028.

The Celebration ofLife will be at the social hall of VFW Post #9340, 25742 Royalton Road, Columbia Station on Sunday, March 7 from 1 to 3 and 4 to 6 p.m. and Monday, March 8 at 10 a.m. The funeral service, officiated by Pastor Phil Betts of Columbia Baptist Church, will be at 11 a.m. (Masks are required). Friends and family are encouraged to share stories of how Helen touched their lives. Helen’s former students are invited to serve as honorary pallbearers. There will be a brief graveside service at the (old) Columbia Cemetery, 13801 W. River Road.

Arrangements were entrusted to The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Elyria, 440-322-4626.
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1:00 PM 3/7/2021 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 3/7/2021 3:00:00 PM
VFW post 9340

25742 Royalton Road
Columbia Station, OH 44028

Additional Visitation 4:00-6:00 PM Sunday, March 7, 2021 & 10AM- until Celebration of Life at 11:00 PM Monday, March 8, 2021 at the Social Hallof VFW post # 9340

VFW post 9340
25742 Royalton Road Columbia Station 44028 OH
United States

Cemetery Details


Columbia Twp. Cemetery (Old) Final Resting Place

13801 W. River Rd.
Columbia Station, Oh 44028

13801 W. River Rd. Columbia Station 44028 Oh
United States

Memorial Contribution

Children’s Department, Columbia Branch Library

13824 West River Road North
Columbia Station, OH 44028

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