Welcome to the memorial page for

Helen Theresa Fuchsen

April 22, 1914 ~ June 18, 2017 (age 103)

Helen Fuchsen

Age 103 passed away Sunday June 18, 2017 at Heritage Health in Dwight.

Born April 22, 1914 in Michigan City, Indiana, Helen Theresa was a daughter of Dan and Mary (nee Brady) Tyrrell. In 1917 she moved, with her parents, from her birthplace in Michigan City to her grandparents Mike and Ann (nee Fogarty) Tyrrell’s Wilmington homestead. She went to the 1-room schoolhouse taught by her Aunt Lillian Tyrrell Sabatino, to the old Wilmington High School, and to Normal Teachers’ College in Bloomington, Illinois. Upon graduation, she returned to Wilmington to teach 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades at the Wilmington Grade School where she was the first Catholic teacher and, after her children were born, taught at Saint Rose Catholic School where she was the first lay teacher.

She was featured as one of Wilmington’s most beautiful brides in 1943 when she married Sergeant Joe Fuchsen. She followed her husband to the Needles, California army base where she worked in troop support, and returned to Wilmington while he served in the Pacific. They later lived in Wilmington’s WWII-construction Brookside housing before moving to their long-time residence on Water Street.

She was a member and past president of the Saint Rose Altar and Rosary Society, and baked renowned pies for weekly bake sales, and later for funerals. She was honored by the Council of Catholic Women as Women of the Year, and was also a member of the Wilmington Women’s Club.

With her crisp memory, long-time residence, and years-long- teaching, she was a resource for the history of Wilmington. She was amazingly able to connect family personality and physical traits through the generations. As her peers died, Wilmington’s students and children of deceased friends were a joy to her, as she was always keenly interested in the lives of others.

She will be fondly remembered by her children: JoAnn (Lou) Wozniak of Mahomet, IL, John Fuchsen of Wilmington, Judi (Rick) Siegler of Wayne, IL, and Janice of Waukesha, WI; her grandchildren: Louis (Karen) Wozniak of Carmel, IN, Emily (Ben) Siegler Taylor of Chicago, Matt (Rita) Siegler of Dallas, TX, and Erin Fuchsen of Wilmington; her great grandchildren: Luke Wozniak of Johnston City, IL, Lexi Wozniak of Carmel, IN; Scotia Taylor of Chicago, and Jack and June Siegler of Dallas, TX.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Joe; and her sister: Jean (Victor) Tyrrell Alfirevic.

Visitation will be Thursday June 22, 2017 at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, in Wilmington, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., followed by a procession to Saint Rose Catholic Church, 604 South Kankakee Street, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Wilmington.

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook, upload photographs, or share Helen’s memorial page by logging onto: www.BaskervilleFuneral.com

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington 815-476-2181.

 Service Information

June 22, 2017

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes
700 East Kahler Road
Wilmington, IL 60481

Mass of Christian Burial
June 22, 2017

10:30 AM
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
604 South Kankakee Street
Wilmington, IL 60481

June 22, 2017

12:00 PM
Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery - Wilmington
600 West Kahler Road
Wilmington, IL 60481

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