Helene Gayle Hurdis passed away on September 8, 2020 at Vintage on the Ponds in Delavan, Wisconsin at the age of 85. Helene was the daughter of Roy Winsor Hurdis and Ella Mae Hurdis (Snyder). A lifelong resident of Darien born in Elkhorn on November 12, 1934, she was proud of the fact that she was a fourth generation resident of Walworth County.
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Helene graduated from Delavan High School in 1952. Following graduation, she pursued a degree in education from the Whitewater State Teacher’s College and earned her master’s degree. from the University of Wisconsin. She began her career as an English teacher, worked for the Clinton School District as a librarian and retired from that district as the media specialist.
Helene loved life. She traveled extensively throughout the world reaching every continent except Antarctica. Her interests were varied and reflected by the numerous clubs and organizations of which she was a member. She served on the Board of Directors of the Walworth County Historical Society for a number of years. Her memberships include but were not limited to the Walworth County Travel Club, the Delavan Monday Morning Club for which she scheduled programs, The Walworth County Arts Council, the Delavan Historical Society, Walworth County Area Retired Teachers and she was a charter member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 Mary Chesebro Lee Tent 23 of Delavan.
She was particularly proud of her great grandfather, Christian Schneider who served the Union in the Civil War as a member of Co. B, in the 27th Iowa Volunteer Infantry.
A service is scheduled for September 30th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Delavan. Inurnment will take place at the Darien Cemetery