Rushville Republican

September 16, 2013

Helen C. Navarra, 83

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Helen C. Navarra, 83, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.

Helen was born Aug. 14, 1930 in Rush County and was the daughter of Benno J. and Rose Mary (Naderman) Harpring. Helen graduated from Oldenburg Academy in 1948. She married Nicholas R. Navarra Sept. 1, 1956 and they made their life together for nearly 49 years until his death in June, 2005.

Helen worked for 14 years as a cook in the Greensburg Community Schools cafeteria, retiring in 2000. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Helen’s life centered around her family and their activities in music, sports and academics and enjoyed frequent visits with her grandchildren. Flowers and outdoor gardening brought her great joy.

Helen is survived by her five daughters, Paula (Herman) Bueno of Greenwood, Laura (Mark) Ricke, Anna Edmundson, Julia (Herb) Hunter and Tricia (Darren) Burkhart, all of Greensburg; her brother, Norbert (Bernie) Harpring of Rushville; and 10 grandchildren. Her first great-grandchild is expected in January.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three sisters, Norma Streit, Alberta Harpring and Evelyn Heckman; one brother, Benno L. Harpring; and one son-in-law, Michael Edmundson.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Family and friends will be received from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home, Greensburg, with a rosary service beginning at 4 p.m. Helen’s Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. Your prayers and thoughts are appreciated.

While flowers are lovely, she would have appreciated a contribution to the St. Mary’s School or Our Hospice of Decatur County in her name.

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