August 18, 1935 – March 23, 2020
Nancy Ann Helmick, 84, of Sandwich, IL passed away at 7:20 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2020 at her daughter’s home. She was born August 18, 1935 in Kewanee, IL the daughter of Max J. Brain and Evelyn B. Brain Vosburgh (nee Douglas). She married Walter E. Helmick July 3, 1959 in Kewanee, IL. He preceded her in death November 7, 2007 in Peoria after forty-eight years of marriage. Nancy is survived by three daughters, Beth (David) Calhoun of Dunlap, Brenda (Dan) Lehner of Owasso, OK, and Bonnie (Ray) Bomba-Fox of Sandwich, IL; one son, Barton (Laura) Helmick of Morton; ten grandchildren, Kymberly and Stephen Calhoun, Laura, Miranda, and Danielle Lehner, Kurt (Morgan) Bomba, Karl (Alyssa) Bomba, Eric and Peter Bomba, and Sean (Emily) Tumilty; two great-grandchildren, Greyson Lehner and Brody Bomba; one sister, Mary Lou Clinton of Ohio, IL; and one brother, Steven Vosburgh of Prophetstown IL. She is also preceded in death by her parents, one infant son, and one brother, Robert (Bob) Brain. Nancy was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed going to her kids and grandkids activities. She also enjoyed cooking and baking, especially many types of pies and Christmas cookies, and canning vegetables from their large garden. She enjoyed gardening, where she could often be found weeding her many beautiful flower beds, one of her favorite things to do. Nancy started work in the office at Walworth in Kewanee before moving to Peoria in the 1950’s. It was in Peoria where she met Walt and worked for Travelers Insurance. Later, Nancy was a bookkeeper for Vonachen Industrial Supply where she did accounts payable for many years until she retired in 1998. She was also an owner-operator of Helmick Greenhouse with her husband from the time they open the greenhouse in the early 1980’s until 2007. Nancy and Walter were both very involved with the Central Illinois Hosta Society and the American Hosta Society. She was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church where she made many friends and enjoyed the ladies’ group. Memorials may be made to her church. A grave side service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2020 at Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Pastor Bob Jordan will officiate. The family will plan a Celebration of Life at a later date. To view Nancy’s memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to www.woolsey-wilton.com.
- Graveside Service Friday, March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020
Family of Nancy,
I am so sorry for your loss. A great lady has been welcomed into heaven with open arms and she rests with her Savior. I was privileged to know her through NPC and her love of gardening. Her home was a Gardener's Paradise. I have so many memories walking among the hostas, day lilies and her generosity of sharing her bounty. Maybe the brightest days when I could receive the gift of her smile was when I brought her flowers at AC Skyline. I will always treasure these memories. She made a difference in my life for sure. 'Til we meet again Nancy.
March 26, 2020
Some of my best time spent at Helmick's Gardens was visiting with Nancy - and I have missed those visits but now will treasure them even more. You have my sympathy - the Helmick's were two of the best people I have met and shared a love of hostas with.