By Schinderle Funeral Home
Helen Pearl Gilboy (aka Grandma Fifi), 97, of Forestville, WI, formerly of Plymouth, WI, died on November 18, 2017, at her home, with her beloved daughter, son-in-law and family at her side. Helen was born on August 14, 1920 in Plymouth to William and Pearl (McKellep) May. She attended Plymouth schools and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1938. After high school, she worked for Lakeshire, later Borden Foods, for several years, where she met her future husband, Francis Gilboy. On February 8, 1943, she and Francis married in Chicago, IL. They continued to reside in Plymouth for the next 49 years. In December 1944, they welcomed their only child, Margie Ann, into the world. Later, Helen attended Sheboygan County Teacher’s College, where she graduated in 1955. After receiving her teaching licence, she taught at Spring Valley, a rural, one room school, west of Greenbush, for five years and Adell Grade School for four years. In 1964, Helen received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She continued to teach at both Parkview Elementary School and Riverview Middle School in Plymouth, WI for the next 18 years. In 1982, she retired from teaching. Helen continued to reside in Plymouth until April 2000. At 79 years young, she moved into a new home she had built on her son-in-law and daughter’s property, outside Forestville, WI.
Helen was an extremely active lady her entire life, involved in many organizations and activities. She loved to sew (made the bridesmaids dresses for two of her granddaughters’ weddings), knit, crochet and crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed playing the piano for most of her life. Helen was an avid traveler, visiting 46 states and went on a European Farm Tour. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Plymouth where she was a former Sunday School Teacher and member of the Dorcas Chapter. Since moving to Forestville, she was an associated member of the Methodist Church in Algoma, where she belonged to the United Methodist Women and the Sweater Knitters’ Club. Helen had also been very involved in the Plymouth Chapter of the DAR, where she served as a former treasurer and Good Citizen chairman. She also extensively volunteered at Valley Manor Nursing Home, Plymouth Arts Foundation, Sheboygan County Research Center, Sheboygan and Brown County Historical Societies, Wisconsin Historical Society, Sheboygan County Retired Teacher’s Association (SCARTA), life member of WREA and NEA, and Plymouth Woman’s Club.
Helen is survived by her only child and son-in-law, Margie and Dale Anders of Forestville, WI; four granddaughters, Robin Anders (David) Klebanow and their children, Emma, Sophie and Jarred of Wyoming, OH; Rhonda Anders (Dr. Bryan) Sander and their children Molly and Mason of Oconomowoc, WI; Elizabeth Anders (Jeff) Jaeckle and her step-children, Owen, Elizabeth and Alexander of Waunakee, WI; and Sarah Anders (Brian) Slattery and their children, Ireland and Anders Slattery of De Pere, WI; one sister, Barbara Henschel of DeForest, WI; and many loved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis; sister, Harriet Fisher; brother and sister-in-law, William and Mary May; brother-in-law Alfred Henschel; brother-in law and sister-in-law Norbert and Leona Gilboy; and niece Mary Ann.
The family would like to sincerely thank Ministry of Health for their support and services over the last year, especially Marla, Carrie and Sara. The family would also like to thank Southern Care Hospice, specifically Cathy and all the staff that cared for Grandma Fifi. Helen’s family would also like to thank the following people for the love, time and devotion they gave, which allowed her to remain in her home: Lily, Linda, Mitchell, Cheryl and Mary.
Any memorials will be contributed to the Plymouth High School Alumni Scholarship fund.
Family and friends may call at the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 1405 S. Milwaukee St., Plymouth, WI. From 11:30 AM until the time of services at 1 PM on Friday Nov. 24, 2017 with Rev. Kristal Kemme officiating. Burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Plymouth.
The SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma, assisted the family with arrangements.
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