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Helene Mary Bernhagen

March 31, 1920October 24, 2020
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Helene Mackey Bernhagen, 100, of Houston, Texas, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on October 24, 2020.

Helene was born in South Bend, Indiana to Joseph and Elizabeth Mackey on March 31, 1920. She married Kenneth Bernhagen and lived in St. Louis, Missouri until moving to Houston, Texas in 1963. She raised her children (and it seemed all her children’s friends as she was known as ‘Mom’ to all) in that very same house. From its early beginnings, Helene was an active parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and was proud of her faith. One of her favorite ‘hobbies’ was cooking- she was a very good cook/baker and had quite a collection of well used cook books. Traveling was another activity Helene enjoyed -venturing into craft, Christmas or other novelty stores from coast to coast picking up interesting knick-knacks which usually ended up as Christmas presents. On any holiday season, the house was always decorated for the occasion and usually filled with family and friends. Christmas time was especially festive with decorations throughout the house but also with her baking- cookies, candies and other homemade treats. Helene enjoyed sharing her time, her cooking talents and her home to all that came to see her. She was active, alert and engaged until her too early passing.

Helene is survived by her children, Patrick & wife Paulette, Michelle, Thomas (Timothy) & wife Lynn and Terrence; Grandchildren, Troy & wife Jennifer Hessels, Brooke Bernhagen, Michael Bernhagen, Eric & wife Lindsey Bernhagen and Kendra Bernhagen; Great Grandchildren, Trevor Hessels, Tyler Hessels, Blakely Bernhagen, Brody Bernhagen and expected on November 2nd Briley Bernhagen; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by parents, her husband Kenneth Darrell Bernhagen, and son Joseph Bernhagen, siblings Robert Mackey, Margaret Mackey, Betty Mackey Baker, James Mackey, Jane ‘Jean’ Mackey Eckenhoff, & Richard ‘Mike’ Mackey.

Due to Covid19, there will be no immediate services. A memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Judes, Texas Childrens Hospitals, or a charity of your choice. To leave a condolence or sign the online guest book, please visit www.earthmanbellaire.com.

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Kathleen Mackey

October 26, 2020

I loved visiting Grandma and Grandpa Mackey’s house when I was little and all the cousins and aunts and uncles were there. It was a special treat because we rarely got to see Aunt Helene and my Texas cousins. Some of us would go upstairs and play with an eight ball, asking it questions and laughing. I’m so glad Aunt Helene celebrated her 100th birthday. Here’s one of my favorite Irish poems...
Those we love don’t go away.
They walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near.
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Thomas Mackey

October 26, 2020

I recall visiting Aunt Helene & family 1969 while stationed in Army @ Ft Bliss ElPaso. Over 4th of July weekend. My starched uniform looked limp after getting off the plane. She met me at the airport after not having seen her for years. It was a great Houston weekend seeing all my younger Bernhagen cousins and seeing an Astros game. Was off to Vietnam a few months later. Those memories of her, family and that weekend have always stuck with me all these years. I regret that the last time I saw her was the Mackey family reunion in So. Bend probably 30+ years ago and not more recently. Rest In Peace.

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