Helen Marie Callahan Shank
October 1, 1924 – March 25, 2019
Helen Marie Callahan Shank, 94, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 25, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born October 1, 1924, in Fort Wayne, IN. The ninth of ten children, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Moran) Callahan. She was married in 1948 to Thomas C. Shank, who proceeded her in death in 2005. She attended Central Catholic High School and Rosary College, River Forest, IL, where she received an Elementary Education degree. She was an active volunteer throughout her life with the American Red Cross, St. Joseph Hospital, St. Johns Helping Hands and the Sacred Heart Franciscan Center. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish, Holy Rollers Bowlers, Psi Iota Xi sorority and The “Ornery” Card Club. She enjoyed her summers at Clear Lake, Notre Dame Football games, Family Dinners, knitting and was a Gold Card Carrying Member of QVC.
She is survived by her nine children, Tom Shank (Cindy), Jim Shank (Sandi), Patty Shank, Barbara Richards (Jim), Laura Storie (Rick), Louise Rowan (Chris), Katie Eckrich (Tom), John Shank (Sarah), and Mike Shank (Kelly), 25 Grandchildren, 21 Great Grandchildren and longtime, compassionate caregiver, Irene.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4500 Fairfield Avenue. Visitation will be held Friday, March 29, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Rosary at 4:30 p.m.) and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN.
Preferred memorials are to Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church; Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne for the Jim and Sandi Shank Scholarship Fund, benefiting The Autism Center and Turnstone Center; Bishop Luers High School, and The Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Thomas Shank.
- St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne for the Jim and Sandi Shank Scholarship Fund
benefiting The Autism Center and Turnstone Center,
- Bishop Luers High School
The Alzheimer's Association
in memory of Thomas Shank,
- Visitation Friday, March 29, 2019
- Rosary Service Friday, March 29, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 30, 2019
- Final Resting: Catholic Cemetery Saturday, March 30, 2019
Helen Marie Callahan Shank
April 21, 2019
My wife Helen and my 7 children rented the cottage on Clear Lake next door to their cottage and also were neighbors in Woodhurst., Fort Wayne, We spent many happy, happy times together and were very close. I miss those days and times, I am 93 myself so we were all young and so full of life. The two Helens were great friends and Tom was a best friend to me. Our favorite stunt was for one couple or the other to show up and wake the other at 2 or 3 am to demand breakfast of bacon and eggs. So you had to get out of bed, let the visitors in and feed them their demand. It was a favorite stunt and shows how we cared for each other with great fun times.
May Helen and Tom have great times in heaven and may we hopefully see each other sgsin. We love you Helen and Tom.
Sue Vincent ( Centlivre)
March 28, 2019
I always enjoyed your mother's dry sense of humor. May the happy memories with your mom bring you comfort as she starts her new life. Thanks to all of you for fond childhood memories.
Love and Comforting Thoughts,
Sue and Chris Vincent
March 28, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the entire Shank family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Wishing you all warm and joyful memories of Helen, in the days ahead.
Matthew & Valerie Mostes
San Francisco, CA
Sheila Dahm ODaniel
March 26, 2019
So sorry for you loosing such a great Mom! I worked at the American Red Cross with your Mom. She would bring the donors to me to draw their blood. She would make a funny look on her beautiful face, that would make me smile 😀 so big that everyone thought I just loved my job! She made the time go fast and fun! I always thought how great it was that she volunteered her time! She told me her son had to get surgery , and this was her way of giving back! Her husband Tom would come with Helen to my parents house. We also had 9 kids. Tom would ask me to go get him a Pepsi. We all loved her sense of humor!!!!!! She is Heaven drinking Pepsi with Tom!
Here is a picture from a year ago with my Mom and Dad, Joe and Dene Dahm. They loved Helen,Tom, and your Family.
Helen hope you are making the angels laugh in Heaven!😇😂