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Helen L. Bedel

Helen L. Bedel, nee Schmidt, of Belleville, IL, passed away Tuesday night, June 15, 2010, at St. Paul’s Home, Belleville, IL.  Born October 8, 1917, in Belleville, IL, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth Schmidt, nee Miller.    

A graduate of Belleville Township High School, Helen married J. Paul Bedel on November 24, 1938.  They had three daughters: Susan, Janet, and Nancy.  A woman devoted to her family and her community, Helen spent much of her time helping other people.  Among her many accomplishments, she was most proud of her contributions to the Ladies Sodality at St. Augustine’s and the Girl Scouts of America.   

A devout Catholic and a longtime supporter of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Helen had been a member since its beginnings.       

Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, J. Paul Bedel, who died April 11, 1991; her parents, Edward and Elizabeth, nee Miller, Schmidt; a brother-in-law, Thomas Bedell; and a sister-in-law, Mary Schmidt.

Surviving are her three daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Joseph Sapyta of Lynchburg, VA, Janet and George Shea of Belleville, IL, and Nancy and Russell Marley of Surprise, AZ; nine grandchildren, Kathryn (Karl) Winkelmann of St. Louis, MO, Elizabeth (Jeff) Whiting and Joseph B. Sapyta of Virginia, Jason Shea of Belleville, IL, Nicholas Shea (fiancee, Kristine) of Chicago, IL, Hannah Shea of Peoria, IL, and Earl Marley (fiancee, Carmen), John Russell (Malena) Marley, and Paul John (Malori) Marley, all of Arizona; five great-grandchildren, Karley Winkelmann, Alyson Winkelmann, Madyson Whiting, Isabella Marley, and Elizabeth Marley; a brother, Elmer W. Schmidt of Belleville, IL; two sisters-in-law, Barbara (Russell) Lindow and Marcella Bedell, both of Belleville, IL; and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2010, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. 

Funeral:  Funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2010, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.       

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Condolences Left For Helen L. Bedel

    May Almighty God of tender mercies

    Comfort the Bedel family (2Co.1:3,4),

    When the last enemy strikes grief may be great and make the heart yearn for

    Comfort, Almighty God gives HOPE and PROMISE at (JOHN 5:28, ACTS 24:15,

    ISAIAH 26:19 and REVELATION 21:4)

    Almighty God HOPE and PROMISE SOON TO BE ATTAIN, May these thoughts be of some Comfort.  

    Ginger  Robinson, Joaquin,, Texas, 75954

    Janet and Family,

    We were saddened to learn of your mother's passing.  She was a dear lady.  I have found memories of her from my childhood with visits to your home and Girl Scout activities.

    I hope to make it in person to express my sympathies.  However, Melissa and family are in this weekend and time may be a problem.  I will do my best.  Just know she is in our prayers, as are all of you as you remember the good times with your mother.

    Cindy  and Bill Evans, Swansea, Illinois, 62226

    So very sorry to hear about your mom.  Sue, I enjoyed talking to your mom at the St. Augustine Card Party.  She was a really nice lady.

    Fern Hoffman Bauer, Millstadt, Illinois, 62260

    Dear Susan, Janet, & Nancy, & Families:

    Sorry I won't be with you for Helen's funeral.  Recovery from knee surgery will keep me from attending.  Please accept my sympathy, and know that my prayers are with all of you, and Helen.

      Helen impressed me from the first day I moved into St. Augustine's in the Summer of 1971.  A deeply spiritual woman, she carried herself with class and dignity.  Her commitment to God, her church, to J. Paul and her family are forever etched in my mind.  

      As the years passed, and I moved on to other ministry assignments, our chance meetings were moments that her quiet sense of peace and dignity were always present.  Those meetings too are good memories and continue to remind me of a family that I came to respect and admire.

      Helen, may you now enjoy the reward for all the good you have accomplished.  May God grant you eternal joy.  And may you (Susan, Janet, Nancy) and your families find peace as you grieve the death of Mother.

      In peace and love,

      Fr. Gene Neff

    Fr. Gene Neff, New Baden, Illinois, 62265

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