Rettle, Helen

Written by David Green.

Helen B. Rettle, 88, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died April 11, 2011, surrounded by her family at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio, following a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 24, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late John and Barbara (Chehosky) Nyari. She married John D. Rettle, Sr., on March 21, 1940, in Bryan, Ohio, and he preceded her in death Dec. 29, 2003.

Helen was known as a spirited, kind-hearted woman who devoted her life to her husband and her family. She enjoyed bowling, bingo, camping and playing cards, and is fondly remembered for her skill in cooking, most notably her famous cabbage and meatballs. Helen was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette.

She is survived by two daughters, Dorma Eberly (and John Litteral), and Cheryl Ballmer, all of Fayette; a son, Ron Rettle of Fayette; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and a great-great granddaughter.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, John Rettle, Jr.; five brothers, John, Steve, Joseph, and Andy Hornyak, and Paul Nyari; and two great-grandchildren, Owen Newcomb and Abigail Eberly.

Funeral services are planned at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Father Gary Ferguson officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.  Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial donations are suggested to  a charity of the donor’s choice.

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