Helen J. Gentis, 75, a resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 12:20 a. m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.Â She had been a patient there since Thursday.
Mrs. Gentis was born in Bluffton on July 19, 1934, a daughter of George Edward and Annabell (Leanch) Betz, and spent her formative years there.Â She lived much of her adult life in Blackford County, where she was employed at Sheller Globe in Montpelier for 33 years.Â She later returned to Wells County and lived there until moving to Fort Wayne in 1991.
While living in Fort Wayne she was employed at Hospital Laundry Service, retiring from there five years ago.
She was a member of the International Chemical Workers Local 444.
The surviving relatives include her children Ernest (Colleen) Betz of Sylva, NC., and Gene E. Hawk and Lenah A. Hawk, both of Fort Wayne; four brothers Homer (Phyllis) Betz of Franklin, Jim (Treva) Betz of Poneto, Joe (Connie) Betz of Decatur, and Robert (Annie) Betz of Bluffton; six sisters Esther (David) Clements of Indianapolis, Blanche (Bruce) Willette of Bluffton, Wilma (Pat) Ohern of Hartford City, Sue (Tom) Johnson and Linda (John) Stinson, both of Bluffton, and Lori Ann (Bill) Zent of Huntington; and two grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers Edward Betz and Fred “Pete” Betz.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p. m. on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Community [meeting at Grace St. John's United Church of Christ], 4120 Webster St., Fort Wayne.Â Father Michael Holland will officiate.
The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday after 2 p. m. until the time of the service.
Burial will be at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, near Bluffton.
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Holy Redeemer Catholic Community.
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