Helen Meseroll

Obituary of Helen Meseroll

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Helen Wallace Meseroll PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ �" Helen Margaret (nee Wallace) Meseroll, 94, peacefully passed away on Monday 30 March 2015, at The Elms of Cranbury, where she resided since September 2014. Helen was born on 31 October 1920 in Seneca, IL the daughter of Margaret L. Kelly, LaSalle, IL and Herman John Wallace, Paducah, KY. She was preceded in death by her husband Vincent Francis Meseroll, Highland Park, NJ; her younger sister Mary Arlene (Wallace) Corrigan, Ransom, IL and; younger brother Gerald Joseph Wallace, Lansing, MI. Helen retired from PDQ Press, Inc. in Princeton Junction, NJ in November 2009 when the firm closed after working there almost 30 years in a clerical position. She was a homemaker for 20 years before starting at PDQ Press. Prior to this she was a stenographer with the Bakelite Division of the Union Carbide Plastics Co., Ottawa, IL from September 1949 to November 1959 where she met her husband to-be Vincent. During World War II, from 1942 to 1945, she worked in a clerical position at the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company's Seneca shipyard where the company built 157 Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs) used in both the European and Pacific theaters. While not a "Rosie the Riveter", she was proud of her wartime contributions with the company including donating blood, which she continued to do throughout her lifetime through the American Red Cross, amounting to over 10 gallons. She began her secretarial career with the law offices of Butters & Berry, Ottawa, IL in 1940. Helen was a graduate of the Peacock Secretarial School, Ottawa, IL in 1940 and Seneca High School, Seneca, IL in 1938. Helen and Vincent married on 21 November 1959 and they enjoyed more than 48 years of happy marriage together; 34 of these years were spent living in Princeton Junction, NJ. She is survived by her son Dennis James, who she encouraged to pursue his international educational and business interests and her daughter-in-law to-be Chongkonluk Mayupun of Bangkok, Thailand and Paris, France; her AFS exchange student son Dr. Ricardo Muller Kautzmann, Grammado, Brazil; her former daughter-in-law Sumittra Meesuwan of Bangkok, Thailand and her beloved cat Bridget as well as nieces and nephews John "Jack" (Vicki) Corrigan, Ottawa, IL; Margaret "Peggy" (Frank) Francisco and Frank (Carol) Corrigan, Ransom, IL; Mary Margaret (Douglas) Dennis, Parkersburg, WV; Anne (Meseroll) Trick, Kettering, OH; Joan (Meseroll) Brannen, Mary Kathryn Meseroll, Paul (Barbara) Meseroll, Cincinnati, OH and; Janet Meseroll (David) Lentz, Chalfont, PA plus many more grand and great grand nieces and nephews and close family friends from around the world. For the last 41 years Helen resided on Springwood Drive in Princeton Junction, NJ where she was affectionately known as the "Cookie Lady" to the 45 children of her dear friends and neighbors on the cul-de-sac when she first moved there. She was always ready with a "Charles Chips" cookie or two whenever anyone was hungry for something sweet and rang the doorbell. She was also the resident proprietress of what she liked to call the "Meseroll Motel". She and her husband opened their home and heart to family, friends, students and teachers visiting from across the US and around the world on vacation, business, the AFS and other student and teacher exchange programs. Hosting family and friends at home and taking them around the sights of Princeton, the Greater New Jersey and New York area, Philadelphia and Washington, DC brought joy to her and her husband and they made many lasting global friendships that she maintained through her annual Christmas card writing tradition and Christmas dinners with her dear friends Grace and Frank Sinden and Ruth and Paul Finkelstein. Helen embodied the qualities of The Greatest Generation and imparted it on those she touched through her work ethic, sense of responsibility and loyalty to her family and friends. She took pride in the military and civic contributions of her brother and husband and befriended neighbors and strangers alike. She will be missed by her family and friends for always being there with a helping hand and being an inspiration for her independent spirit and energy. A viewing will be held at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ from 5:00 �" 8:00 p.m. on Friday 1 May and from 12:00 - 01:30 p.m. on Saturday 2 May followed by a mass of Christian burial at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Princeton, NJ. An open house and reception will be held at the Meseroll home in Princeton Junction, NJ following the mass, all are invited. A second viewing will be held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, La Salle, IL from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Monday 4 May followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. A burial ceremony will be held at St. Vincent's Cemetery, LaSalle, IL following the mass at 12:00 p.m. A reception will be held at the Uptown Grill, La Salle, IL at 12:30 p.m., all are invited. In lieu of flowers, family members request memorial contributions in Helen's name be made to the Institute of International Education (IIE) to benefit The Fulbright Program's scholars to and from Thailand. Donations can be made to the IIE and sent c/o Nancy Kim, Manager, Strategic Development, Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3580. For questions please contact Nancy Kim at 212.984.5446 or nkim@iie.org. Alternatively contributions can be made to the AFS-USA student exchange program and sent to AFS-USA, Inc., National Development Office, 120 Wall Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10005. For questions please contact Aimee Calandria, Deputy Director of Development, AFS-USA at 646.751.2012 or acalandria@afsusa.org. The Meseroll family also encourages you to contact the nearest office of the American Red Cross and make a donation of blood in Helen's name and give the gift of life.
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