OBITUARY

Helen Frebel Kerr

September 25, 1919October 12, 2020
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Helen Frebel Kerr, age 101, died peacefully on October 12, 2020, at her home with family in Cooper City, Florida.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Helen Ratley, of Pompano Beach, FL, her son, James E. Frebel and his wife, Gun, of Pembroke Pines, FL, her daughter, Helen Ann Rogers, of Cooper City,FL, her daughter-in-law, Gladys Frebel, of Pembroke Pines, FL, her stepson, Marshall Kerr and his wife, Diane, of Ashville, NC and her stepson, Charles Kerr, of Sebring, FL. She is also survived by grandchildren, Charmaine Casarico, Kim Duffy, Scott Rogers, Ashley Griffin, Kevin Rogers, Vivian Rodriguez, Harold Rodriguez, Melanie Willis, and Kari Fisher. She was also the loving great-grandmother of Brendon Simeone, Bryan Simeone, Alex Brent, Joseph Griffin, Jacob Griffin and Willa Griffin and great-great granddaughter, Violet Simeone. She also has a surviving sister, Eugenia (Gene) Kizer, from Owensboro, KY, and is survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews, as well. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Alfred E. Frebel, second husband, Erwin (Ed) Kerr, son, Alfred E. Frebel, Jr., grandson, Mark Hamilton, and granddaughter, Rochelle Simeone.

Helen was born on September 25, 1919, in New Site, MS, to parents John Strother Kizer and Willie Cobb Kizer. She never completed college, but she was always a hard worker. She worked in the shipyard in Pascagoula where she met her future husband. She also taught a short time, was an Avon lady, was a school cafeteria lady and worked as a church secretary, besides being involved in many different volunteer activities. She once said, “I’ve had the best jobs I could raising a family and working for the church. The pay hasn’t been the greatest, but the retirement is out of this world!”

Helen was a loving, Christian wife and mother. She married Alfred E. Frebel on March 4, 1944, in Pascagoula, MS, and the couple had 4 children together. They celebrated more than 56 years of marriage before Alfred passed away in October, 2000. A couple of years later, she met Ed Kerr at church services. Before long and in their 80’s, they began dating, and ultimately wed on November 30, 2002, in Cooper City, FL. They were blessed to spend 16 years together before Ed passed away in August, 2018.

Helen was an active woman who was deeply involved in her church, Hialeah Church of Christ, for many years. She was even the church secretary for several years. One of her greatest joys was cooking for others. Her chicken and dumplings, pecan pie, sour cream pound cake and split pea soup, plus many other delicious foods, were enjoyed by many. She also loved doing things that blessed others like helping with feeding the homeless, attending ladies’ prayer nights, sending Bible correspondence courses to prisoners, sending cards and notes to people, and having people in her home. She loved writing inspirational poetry and was even published in Christian Woman magazine. One of her favorite things to do, even up to a couple of weeks before her death was interacting with friends and family on Facebook. Her family and friends will always remember her as a loving and caring person who inspired many.

A private funeral is scheduled at Forest Lawn South, in Davie, Florida, on Friday, October 16, 2020, at 12:00 noon, with a graveside service immediately afterwards. The family would like to thank all those who have sent cards, texts, messages, phone calls and most of all prayers during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to send a donation c/o Hialeah Church of Christ, 1474 West 84th Street, Hialeah, FL 33014, with Helen Kerr’s name on the memo line. Any money received will be donated to a Florida prison ministry which Helen was a part of for many years.

Services

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    Friday, October 16, 2020

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Sylvia Ratley

October 21, 2020

Dear Mom, today is the first day I can bear to write to you. I’m overwhelmed with more grief today than the day you went to see Jesus. I am so glad you are with Daddy and all the others in our sweet family but I’m so selfish. I’ve had you for almost 74 years and I’m still not ready to let you go. Thank you for always listening to me and giving me such good advice. Most of all for just listening. I’ve told you things that no one else knows. You’re my rock but yet you’re my soft heart that always cried with me. I love you most. I remember you told me not to long ago we would call it even on who loves who most.
Always. Your daughter.

Cynthia Roberts

October 16, 2020

I Love You, Aunt Helen. You were such an inspiration to me . I will never forget all the Wonderful times we had when you came to visit when I was a child. I will never forget your kindness, grace, and Love. We lived miles apart but our hearts were always close. Thank you for your gracious Love you had for sweet Marilyn. It will always be remembered. Love so very much your loving neice, Cynthia

Loretta, Jay and Vicki Wolfe

October 16, 2020

We all remember Ms Helen from her long service as the church secretary at the Hialeah Church of Christ. Her kind and loving ways were a daily routine no matter what kind of day she was having. Giving and doing for others was what made her happy. You will be missed. Prayers for the family
Loretta, Jay and Vicki Wolfe

Christine Work

October 15, 2020

Helen, I only know you through photos and posts but what a beautiful woman you were inside & out! I know that gorgeous smile will continue to shine down on Sylvia and the family who are left here in your absence. May they be reminded of your beauty daily. Rest In Peace much love Christine

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

October 14, 2020

Forest Lawn South would like to express our deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time.

We wish you peace to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Sincerely,
Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens South Staf

FROM THE FAMILY

100th birthday party shared with Aunt Gene's 97th

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Her famous apple pie!

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Sneaking a bite to one of her grandpuppies.

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Christmas time with Kevin.

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100th birthday party shared with Aunt Gene's 97th

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Her famous apple pie!

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Sneaking a bite to one of her grandpuppies.

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Christmas time with Kevin.

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Enjoying lunch at Jim and Gun's.

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A stroll in the park.

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With one of her famous sour cream pound cakes.

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Going for a walk with Gun and Mia.

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