The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

January 5, 2013

Helen Rokicki


Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — Helen Miller Rokicki died surrounded by family and loved ones in Stanford, Calif., on Dec 21, 2012.

Helen was a resident of Palo Alto, Calif., and spent much of the year in Arbor Vitae, Wis. She was a former resident of Wolfe City and Kerrville, Texas; and Chicago, Ill. Helen, lovingly known as “Nellie,” was a mother, grandmother (Oma), and an artist who fostered her strong sense of character and resilience in not only her children and grandchildren, but also in all she came in contact with. Beloved sister of Walter Miller, and devoted mother of Monica, Tomas, Gerhard, Kenneth, Marcella, Erica, Dirk, and Josef. Helen has left a legacy that will survive as well through her 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and extended family and friends whose numbers give tribute to the woman she was.

Born in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 26, 1939, Helen never forgot her identity as a California girl. She grew up in Illinois, attended Mundelein College in Chicago, married, and raised a family of nine children in Illinois, until becoming a joint owner of Americamp Campground in Kerrville, Texas. After moving to Wolfe City, Texas, Helen became well-known locally for her artistry with stained glass. She then moved to Palo Alto, Calif., and was employed by the Stanford Bookstore for many years until she was reunited with her long lost brother, Walter Miller, and spent the rest of her years travelling across the country to spend time with her brother, children, and grandchildren.

Helen was an active woman who enjoyed reading and learning, she was a skilled carpenter, a talented artist, a good cook, a gardener, and her crocheted U.S. flag afghans grace the homes of many across the nation. Her Native American heritage was a huge influence on her life and ideals, as was her strong faith.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service from 1 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2013, to be held at Spangler Mortuary in Mountain View, Calif. The family requests memorial donations be made to CASA California, an organization that acts as an intermediary between foster children and the courts system (http://www.californiacasa.org/Donate/index.htm).

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