Barbara H Helveston
March 17, 1936 - May 29, 2018

Barbara H Helveston

Barbara H Helveston
Mar 17, 1936 - May 29, 2018

Barbara H Helveston
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Indianapolis - Barbara H. Helveston age 82 of Indianapolis IN, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2018. She was born in Bay City, Michigan to the late Florian H. and Arlene (Barton) Hiss on March 17, 1936. Barbara graduated from the University of Michigan in 1958, and Butler University with an MS in 1966 and an EdS in 1975. She taught second grade in Bay City, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis and served as a counselor at Westlane Middle School 1975-1980. She carried out volunteer activities at St Mary's Child Center, Cross Roads, The Children's Museum Guild, St. Margaret's Guild, and the 500 Festival. She was a member of the Indianapolis Woman's Club and served with distinction as a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for two decades.

Barbara was married to Eugene M. Helveston for 59 years who survives her. She is also survived by her daughters Martha (David) Plager, with grandsons Henry and Charlie, and Lisa (Derek) Sprunger, granddaughter Caroline and grandson Frederick.

Family was the guiding spirit of Barbara's life. Her love and support for her husband was unconditional as was her joy for the lives and accomplishments of her daughters and grandchildren. Harbor springs at any season and great lakes boating accompanied as always by her beloved dogs were highlights of Barbara's life. After the girls finished high school Barbara travelled with her husband to more than 30 countries worldwide not necessarily to the garden spots but instead as a companion and supporter to places where the need for medical assistance was foremost.

Visitation will be held on Sunday June 3, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th Street. A service will be held Monday, June 4th at 11:00 am in the Chapel at Marquette, 8140 Township Line Rd., Indianapolis, IN.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barbara's memory may be made to the Marquette Foundation, 8140 Township Line Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260. To share a memory, please visit

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Stephen Kraft on Jun 4, 2018

Hello Gene, Martha and David, Lisa and Derek and the grandkids
So sorry to hear about Barbara's passing.
She was a special person with a caring and loving nature. I will remember her constant smiles. I enjoyed our conversations at social events at many meetings over the years.
May God comfort all of you at this difficult time.
Sincere condolences
Stephen and Frances Kraft

Jean Denton on Jun 3, 2018

Gene et al— I have fond memories of Barbara’s work at St Paul’s. Such an indomitably positive spirit! May you God to be with you as you walk this hard journey of loss. Jean Denton

Lou Carter on May 31, 2018

I first met Barbara Helveston when I started my employment in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus. Barbara was a beautiful lady, inside and out. She was warm, caring, and kind. I always enjoyed our conversations.
Please accept my deepest sympathy. May the LORD comfort you and surround you with His loving care at this difficult time.
Praying for your family. 🙏

Lou Carter



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Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel
740 East 86th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Marquette Manor
8140 Township Line Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260
11:00 AM

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