OBITUARY

Helen L. Bottorff

March 30, 1927February 14, 2019
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Helen Louise (Fortener) Bottorff of Inverness Florida, formerly of Zanesville Indiana, born March 30, 1927. I took my maiden and only flight on angel wings on February 14, 2019. Having had the gift of a long and wonderful life, it would be a shame to pass up the opportunity to share my blessings and successes. So, pardon me for the length, but at 91, I have a lot to crow about. My parents, Robert F. and Regina Schmitt Fortener of Ottoville, OH blessed me with a wonderful family of brothers, Eugene (Winnie) Schmitt of Spring Lake MI, Robert F. Fortener, Jr of Ottoville, OH, John (Jenny) Fortener of Southgate, MI and Richard AKA Elmer (Rosemary) Fortener of Delphos, OH and my sisters, Karen (Norm) Osting of Troy, OH and Frances AKA Frani (Roger) Wurst of Delphos, OH. My brother Robert (Bobby) was killed during WWII which made us a Gold Star family. This instilled in all of us a deep and abiding patriotism and respect for our military, which I am proud to say reverberates throughout all our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For the past 44 years we have managed to get together for a week in June to have an annual celebration called the Fortener Family Reunion. What a great time we have had celebrating family and the love we have for each other! As brother John would often say, “God, Country, Family”. These tenets formed the foundation of how I lived my life and treated others. My faith was a living part of my being and I pray that I was a role model for others. I was a nursing student at St Joseph’s School of Nursing in Fort Wayne when I met my lifelong love and partner, Joe S. Bottorff of Zanesville, Indiana. We eloped in 1947 because students weren’t allowed to be married at that time. As my mother told me, “Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free?”. Although I was not a bovine in any shape, manner or form, I got the message and so did Joe. Some said that our marriage wouldn’t last. When Joe passed on, after 63 years of marriage, we were still going strong. We were blessed with seven wonderful children; some more challenging than others. (You know who you are). Peter (Virginia) Bottorff of Comstock Park, MI, Margaret AKA Peg (Jack) Voght of Inverness, FL, Jane (Larry McKinley) Zingaro of Inverness, FL, Eric AKA Scott (Janiel) Bottorff, of West Jordan, UT, Gina (Jim) Platt of Inverness, FL, Thomas (Lynda) Bottorff of Indianapolis, IN and Mary (Jim) Sollberger of Fort Wayne, IN. Through them I have been blessed with 12 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Sorry guys but your names will have to be reserved for my book. I had a rich and fulfilling life as a Registered Nurse. I worked as a private duty nurse and as a staff nurse at Caylor Nickel Clinic (as it was known then) in Bluffton, IN until my oldest kids started going to school in Fort Wayne. I moved on to working at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Fort Wayne where I started out as an IV specialist. At St. Joseph’s I served as Supervisor of Nursing and as Director of Critical Care. It was during my tenure in that position that St. Joseph’s opened the Burn Unit in 1975. I was also an instructor for one of the first paramedic programs in Fort Wayne. These were the most rewarding accomplishments for me professionally. As much as I loved my work and my kids, when Joe retired, we took off to enjoy our Golden Years. What fun!!! We traveled, we went on ‘Sib trips’, we wintered in Texas for a number of years before relocating to the Tampa, FL area where we lived with our daughter, Gina and her husband Jim. We had a grand old time. We were truly blessed! Our doors were always open for friends and family. As Toby Keith would say, “Let’s have a party!”. Everybody got a hug and a kiss, no exceptions! There were no strangers in our lives. No how, no way. If you want to say good bye you can find me at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals on Old Trail Road in Fort Wayne, IN on Sunday, February 24, 2019, 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm with a Rosary service beginning at 6:00pm. Come say hello to my family and tell everyone what a great person I am, oops, was. I’d love that. If you’re wondering what to do instead of sending flowers, I would like to mention that the St. Therese Building Fund, 2304 Lower Huntington Rd., Ft. Wayne, IN 46819 is my first choice, but I’d also love to support Visiting Nurse, 5910 Homestead Rd., Ft. Wayne, IN and HPH Hospice, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667. I have been a member of St. Therese Parish since my kids were old enough for religious education. My funeral mass will be there on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior. My corporeal form will join Joe in Hoverstock Cemetery in Zanesville immediately after. With God’s grace my soul will already be reunited with Joe, my parents, brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and friends who have preceded me. Not to worry, after they get their hugs, I’ll be sure to pass on all your love as well.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.elzey-patterson-rodakfuneralhome.com for the Bottorff family.

  • DONATIONS

  • St. Therese Building Fund
  • Visiting Nurse Hospice
  • HPH Hospice

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 24, 2019
  • Rosary Service Sunday, February 24, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, February 24, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Final Resting: Hoverstock Cemetery Monday, February 25, 2019
REMEMBERING

Helen L. Bottorff

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Sharon (Voght) Jaynes

February 25, 2019

I feel blessed to have met Helen and did spend a little time with her when in Florida a year ago. My brother Jack was surely blessed to have been her son-in-law as Peg's wife. ( My late) first husband, Jack Cler and I were married at St Therese Catholic Church in Waynedale January 27, 1968 and worshipped there until his passing March 9, 1978. I had not known Helen at that time. I was so sorry not to be able to share with you all, the visitation time and funeral, as I am in Florida for the winter with my husband Dick. Please know that each one you in Helen's family have my deepest sympathy in the loss of this dear precious lady. It must be so comforting to know that she had such a good full life, and now is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, forever where you will each meet up with her again at a time the Lord chooses for each one of you!!!! Helen has made her contribution in all that she has done for others according to our Heavenly Father's will for her while on this earth.

Carole Schmitt

February 25, 2019

This is the aunt we love so, so much. She will be in our hearts forever and never forgotten.

Godspeed and may God bless you, little "ant", until we meet again.

Much love,

Carl and Carole

Virginia Birt

February 23, 2019

Hello to all of you family of Helen Bottorff. We are thinking of you all, and praying for you all in this very sad time of your loss of Helen. We want you to know that Helen brought US joy, wisdom, fun and laughter each and every time we spent together! Helen helped me with my faith in God. She was a friend whom you might not have talked to in many months but when you did talk to her again, it was as if you never skipped a beat from the last time you spoke or were together. What a legacy she leaves behind! Helen ... loved, lovable, unforgettable for always! Peace and love to you all. Ginny and Chester Birt

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Our beautiful Mother, January 2019

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Helen's graduation photo

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The four Sibs February 2019

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Memory Quilt

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Patrick Zingaro and Helen at Korean War Memorial Washington, DC

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Helen BO and Helen BA Best Friends Forever

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Family Gathering 2007

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Our beautiful Mother, January 2019

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Helen's graduation photo

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The four Sibs February 2019

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Memory Quilt

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Patrick Zingaro and Helen at Korean War Memorial Washington, DC

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Helen BO and Helen BA Best Friends Forever

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Family Gathering 2007

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Helen and her kids, January 2019

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Party Hearty my friends

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Helen was known as Mrs B and had a Bee theme