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Helen R. Lenhardt  

Helen L. Lenhardt

August 4, 1924 – October 1, 2017

Helen R. Lenhardt, age 93, of Newark, DE, and formerly of Sebring, FL, returned to Heaven while surrounded by family members, on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Brookdale White Chapel where she resided.

Helen was born on August 4, 1924 in Delaware City, DE, and was the daughter of the late Antony and Anna (Denaki) Zeuris. She graduated from Delaware City High School, where she played on the basketball team.  On June 22, 1946, Helen married the love of her life, Henry J. “Lenny” Lenhardt.  The couple shared over 61 years together and were blessed with 2 daughters, Patricia Ann and Linda Jane.  In addition to working for the Red Cross during WWII, Helen was employed part-time at the post office in Delaware City.  She spent the majority of her career working as a loan officer at the Delaware City branch of Wilmington Trust, retiring after 27 years of service.  After retiring, she and Lenny moved to Florida, where they would spend 20 happy years.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Henry John in 2007; stepfather, Willis; sister, Mary; brother, Stanley; grandson, Ted; and nephew, Francis.  She is survived by her daughters, Patricia “Patti” Lester and Linda Bergeron (Edward); sister, Josephine; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Helen has 3 living grandchildren, Darren Lester (Denise), Shelley Olski (Joe), and Brian Bergeron.  “Granny” was also loved by her 9 great-grandchildren, Brett, Brianna, Kaylee, Nathan, Paulie, Ryan, Victoria, Madison, and Cole.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Brookdale White Chapel and Delaware Hospice and Dr. Maria Lazar for their compassionate care.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:45 am until 10:45 am on Thursday morning, October 12, 2017, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 214 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial which will be offered at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s R.C. Church, 209 Washington Street, Delaware City.  Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate memorial contributions to St. Paul’s R.C. Church, P.O. Box 544, Delaware City, DE 19706.

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  1. Darren Lester, October 6, 2017

    Grandmother,
    Grandparents are the most special people in the world. You and Grandfather helped raise me, touching my life in so many ways. From childhood, your love and guidance was always there for me, to adulthood where your wisdom and continued love have helped make me the man I am today. I love you with all my heart Grandmother and always will. Love, Darren

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  2. Beth Vroon, October 7, 2017

    Thinking of you Lynda and family at this difficult time. Saying prayers for you. Beth

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  3. John & Joan Morris, October 8, 2017

    deepest sympathy for your loss. sent a card to Mike Shaw address did not have your address

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  4. Denise Lester, October 8, 2017

    Patti and Lynda – I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed dearly. I am thinking of you and the family during this time. Hugs and prayers to you ladies and let me know if I can help in any way!! Denise

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  5. Suzanne (Shelley) Olski, October 10, 2017

    Dear Mommom,
    Spending time with you was always like opening the pages of a storybook. You and Poppop had so many amazing experiences together. What I enjoyed the most was listening to you share those memories with us. They became funnier and more tender as time went on. From stories of time spent in Puerto Rico, dances with the soldiers, and more importantly dances with Henry, I was captivated by your love of life and all its joys. You told me of my mother’s and aunt’s missteps but also their successes. You taught me to protect my children fiercely but encourage them to experience all life’s lessons. You told me to hold myself accountable for my education but to also to give back to people who had less than me. Most of all, thank you for raising two strong independent women. I have been blessed with generations of strong women including Nanny, you, mom, and Patti.
    With all my love and gratitude, Shelley

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  6. Paul Army SR, October 11, 2017

    Lynda my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this time. Paul

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  7. Nicole Prinsloo, October 11, 2017

    My thoughts and prayers have been with your family during this difficult time. While I did not know Helen, I have enjoyed listening to her granddaughter share precious memories of her time with her grandmother. Keep all those memories close to your heart to help you during this time of grief.

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