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Helen Louella (Herbert) Hornecker, 96, Bolivar, MO

Helen Louella (Herbert) Hornecker, 96 of Bolivar, MO and formally of Oregon and St. Joseph, MO. passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Bolivar MO.
Helen Louella (Herbert) Hornecker, 96 of Bolivar, MO and formally of Oregon and St. Joseph, MO. passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Bolivar MO. She was born November 9th, 1917 in Wheatland, Mo to Lee and Eva (Costelow) Herbert. She was a life long resident of Northwest Missouri where she moved with her parents in 1920 and lived there until 2008 when she moved to Bolivar to be close to her daughter.

Helen attended New Point School where she met her husband, Ivo, and graduated from there in 1935. After that she attended the Johnson Business School in St Joseph, Mo, where she was trained as a comptometer operator. She then worked at the ASC office in Mound City, Mo until she married Ivo Hornecker on September 12, 1937. They then moved to the Hornecker family farm outside of Oregon, MO and lived there until 1975 when they moved to St. Joseph, MO after Ivo was in a farming accident. They have 3 children, Ron Hornecker, Lee Garrison, and Evelyn Mercer. Helen and Ivo were very active in the Baptist church in Fillmore, the Baptist church in Oregon and McCarthy Baptist in St Joseph, MO. Helen taught Sunday School for many years as well as Bible School and Child Evangelism classes. Ivo and Helen opened their home to all who were in need and providing many with a “home away from home”. Helen was noted for her family get-togethers and all the needlework and crafts that she made as well as the thoughtful acts she would do.

Helen is survived by her three children and their families: Ron (Loretta) Hornecker, Phoenix, AZ, Lee (Laurie) Garrison, Leavenworth, KS, and Bob (Evelyn) Mercer formerly of Bolivar, now in Platte City, MO; one sister-in-law Francis Herbert, Maitland, MO and her children and families; five grandchildren, Patrick and Elizabeth Flanigan and their 2 children, Joseph and Stephanie, Round Rock, TX, John and Tara Hornecker and their 2 children, Cade and Ty, Amarillo, TX, Jeff and Kim Jaster and their 2 children, Delaney and Vance, Leavenworth, KS, Heather Mercer and her daughter, Violet and Jesse and Amber Lacy and their son, Wyatt, Kansas City, MO. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Eva Herbert, her husband, Ivo, a sister, Reva, and 3 brothers, Paul Max (P.M.), John Charles (J.C.) and Kenneth.

Celebration of Life will be 1:00 PM Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Breit–Hawkins Funeral Home; Savannah, MO. Interment will be in New Point Cemetery outside New Point, MO. Public visitation and family receiving hours 6 to 8 PM Wednesday January 29, 2014 at Breit – Hawkins Funeral Home, Savannah, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Citizens Memorial Healthcare Hospice, 1500 N Oakland, Bolivar, MO 65613, and the E.M. Social Work Legacy Scholarship Fund C/O SBU 1600 University Ave. Bolivar, MO. 65613, or the American Cancer Society.

Breit - Hawkins Funeral Home 816-324-3166
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