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Helen A. Sagerer

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On February 12, 2014 @ 2:48 pm In Obituaries | 15 Comments

Helen A. Sagerer
Yep, that’s what she wanted written in the paper. Helen, also known as Mom, Gramma, Mommom and in her later years, our personal favorite “Jezebel”, wanted her friends, caregivers and family to smile one more time!  Helen died February 11, 2014.
She was born and grew up in Lancaster, PA to the late Edward and Clara Todd. Preceding her in death a brother, Edward “Buzz” Todd, husband to the late Freda Herzon, New Providence, PA; a sister Shirley T. Favinger, wife of Thomas Favinger, Kirkwood, PA. Surviving are sisters, Betty J. McClune, wife of the late Frank McClune, West Chester, PA and Nancy Y. Rote, wife of the late Cleon “Sonny” Rote, New Providence, PA.
In a chance encounter, in 1958, she fell in love at first sight and after 10 days of courtship, married John J. Sagerer whom she was wed to for 41 years until his death in 1999.
Surviving are three daughters, Johanna “Johnny” Davis and her husband Glenn Davis, Lancaster, PA; Annamarie Schickel and her husband John H. Schickel, Willow Street, PA; Linda Lee Newsome and her husband Kenny Newsome, Quarryville, PA. Five grandchildren, Bay Davis, Lancaster, her “Baby” who she lived with and adored; Zane and Starr Schickel, Willow Street; Jennifer Kouros, Ephrata and Mary Lisa Tegowski, NC, plus six great-grandchildren.
Throughout her life she danced the jitterbug, made eyes at the men for free samples at the candy factory, twisted pretzels, worked at Hubley, tended bar, loved the beach, worshipped the sun, shopped too much and spoke her mind but mostly she made us laugh!
So mom, we followed your wishes but we also followed our hearts. To let friends and family know of your passing, your request of no formal service, a private interment and in lieu of flowers because in a week they’ll be dead, to make memorial contributions to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, 1054 New Holland Ave, Lancaster, PA, 17601.

Condolences for the family of “Helen A. Sagerer”

Condolence from Glenn Davis on February 13th, 2014 12:36 pm

We think of death as the end, buts its only the beginning.Helen is now pain free and under the care of the Master. Time will heal the sorrow and than just the good memories.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Dottie and Glenn

Condolence from Dave & Sue Brown on February 13th, 2014 7:02 pm

I am so glad that we were lucky enough to have known Helen. She was a sweet kind lady. She always made me laugh. It is so sad to see someone pass away. I know her husband John was smiling when she entered heaven.It is the hardest on the loved ones that are left behind. This is just the beginning of a beautiful life in heaven reunited with the love of her life John.God Bless you and your family! Love Aunt Sue & Uncle Dave Brown

Condolence from IRENE RANKIN on February 13th, 2014 8:18 pm


Condolence from Chuck and Tammy Dewitt on February 13th, 2014 8:25 pm

Miss Helen was my brother’s mother-law whom after the passing of her husband joined our x-mas eve get together’s and became our family as well. She made all of us laugh durning cookout ‘s and other get together’s!! My other brother became her pretend boyfriend!!! We will miss her dearly. She may now be at peace with her true Love, Mr Sager

Condolence from pam hults on February 13th, 2014 9:41 pm

Annie,Linda,Johnny,and your families, It is always hard to lose someone we love, but she is now with your dad (I am sure watching your every moves,with a running commentary, to make him laugh) I am sure she is with friends and family that have been missing her quick wit. You are a living legacy to her zest for life. She leaves behind great stories, laughs, and a lot of love. Live well to show her you are following her example and will NEVER forget her!! Much love pam hults

Condolence from Larry Herr on February 14th, 2014 8:23 am

Helen was a wonderful woman who always made me laugh every time I saw her… That’s who she was!!! I am glad I got to know her through the family and will miss her as well. I know she is in a better place with GOD and she is looking down on us all smiling. I hope the tears and mourning pass soon because I know Helen wouldn’t want us crying over her, rather she would want us to smile and laugh , rejoice and celebrate her life.

Rest in peace Helen… We all will miss you!

Condolence from Clark and Beth Tomlinson and Aunt Ann on February 14th, 2014 4:19 pm

Sorry to hear of Aunt Helen’s passing. We send our prayers for her and her family. Memories of many good times together at Aunt Ann’s Christmas parties and summer parties at our house. We hope that your sorrow will soon be replaced with memories of all the happy times together with your Mom. Love and Blessings, Clark and Beth and Aunt Ann

Condolence from Nancy Martin on February 16th, 2014 9:00 am

First of all my deepest sympathy to your family for your loss. Your mother sounds amazing. I have been telling my hubby for yrs. when I pass just put in my obit. she died!! How shocked was I to read your mom’s obit. Bless you for following her wishes. There are those of us who just do not need all that formality in our lives. We live life as it is and don’t need all the “proper” things said about us. However our family loves us for who we are. I hope my family follows my wishes also. Bless you all in this time but what memories you must have of your mom, and I am betting you will be laughing a lot when you remember her.

Condolence from Patricia on February 16th, 2014 9:43 am

So sorry to read about the loss of your Mother, Grandmother, and Friend. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. I didn’t know her, but I wish I had. She sounds like she was a fun/wonderful woman. All the best, Patricia

Condolence from Elaine Royer on February 16th, 2014 10:19 am

Dear Annie, Linda, and Johnny, My sincerest thoughts are with you all and your families. It was a pleasure knowing Helen. Find peace knowing she is now in the arms of our Heavenly Father.
Love and Prayers,

Condolence from Sara Greth on February 16th, 2014 10:48 pm

I am very sorry for your loss, I have never meet Helen, but after reading about her I wish I had! All the best, The Greth Family

Condolence from Teena Zook on February 19th, 2014 7:10 am

My condolences to the family. I never met your mother, but appreciate her sense of humor and realistic approach to her passing. It was so refreshing to read about her life without all the usual fluff! I,too, wish I had known her.

Condolence from Christina Dodd on February 26th, 2014 9:13 am

Didnt know your mom but she sounds crazy fun!! If she was half as wonderful and loving as you are then she was over the top amazing. Sorry to hear of her passing, I know you will miss her. Prayers to you and the family.
Hugs and Kisses (as usual)

Condolence from Jane on March 2nd, 2014 1:18 pm

Thoughts and prayers are with your family. We did not know Helen but want to commend you for you following your mothers wishes!

Condolence from Michael Hunt on March 11th, 2014 6:43 pm

I came across a newspaper article that described your Mother’s obituary. I was so impressed that I did a net search to find the original obituary. Like your Mother, I prefer humor and simplicity in obituaries. Having read your obituary and your family’s journey in arriving at the final version, I wanted to say, “Well done!” It is obvious that your Mother was a special, fun and direct person. Your resolve to honor her wishes for her obituary are an important and loving tribute to her. Let the naysayers have their opinions. You know what your Mother wanted and that is what really matters.

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