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Helen I. Lemke

December 24, 1925 May 18, 2020
Helen I. Lemke
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Helen I. Lemke, age 94, a resident of The Carillon in Plainfield, IL since 1997, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2020 at Amita Bolingbrook Hospital. She was born on December 24, 1925 in Aurora, IL.

Helen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Raymond Lemke in 1978; her parents, John and Mary Devitt; and her brothers, John (the late Martha) Devitt and James (Mary) Devitt.

She is survived by her loving children, Mary (Jerry) Babcock of Monroeville, PA, Joseph (Jean) Lemke of Park Ridge, IL and Michael (Carolyn) Lemke of Plainfield; her cherished grandchildren, Laura Babcock, Neal (Kelly) Babcock, Jennifer (Mark) Whitmarsh, Katherine (Walter) Fritz, Shawn (Kelsey) Lemke, Kevin Lemke, Megan Lemke, Joshua Lemke, Emma Lemke and Anna Lemke; her adored great-grandchildren, Sierra and Savannah Babcock, Claire and Sloane Whitmarsh; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Helen spent her life as a devoted wife to her husband, whom she always adored, and as a devoted mother to her three children. She took pride in all that they did and achieved in their lives. Called Grammy by each of her grandchildren, she took pride in all of them, and showed enormous interest in their hopes and dreams. For Helen, there was no better delight than to talk to them about, and share in, their plans for the future. Watching her great-grandchildren via Facetime also brought her great joy, and smiles to her face. She will always dwell in a cherished place, deep in the hearts of each member of her family. Mom, Grammy, Great-Grammy, you will be dearly missed.

For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Helen’s life, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Due to current health concerns, a private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Plainfield, IL. Interment will be at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.

Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Plainfield, is entrusted with arrangements.

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501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105
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