Helmlinger marks 90 years



SIDNEY — Marianne Helmlinger, of Sidney, will celebrate her 90th birthday at an open house Saturday, Aug. 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Days Inn, 400 Folkerth Ave., Sidney.

She requests that gifts be omitted and would appreciate cards and notes.

Helmlinger was born in Sidney, Aug. 29, 1926, the daughter of Florence and James Lauterbur, who are now deceased. She married Robert Helmlinger, who is deceased.

She has four daughters, Nancy Sullivan, of North Chesterfield, Virginia, Julie Turner-Bingham, of Longbranch, Washington, Molly Helmlinger, of Sidney, and Sister Jayne Helmlinger, of Orange, California, and three sons, Larry Helmlinger, of Cape Coral, Florida, the Rev. Peter Helmlinger, of Cincinnati, and John Helmlinger, of Vandalia. She has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Helmlinger graduated from Ball State University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Dayton. She taught in the Sidney City Schools and attends Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Helmlinger is a member of the Tri-County Board of Recovery & Mental Health Services, and she also sits on the board of the National Alliance for Mental Illness of Darke, Miami & Shelby Counties. She sat on the State of Ohio NAMI board for 28 years. She serves as the legislative chair of the Shelby County Retired Teachers Association, is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Newman Club and an associate member of the Wilson Hospital Auxiliary.

Helmlinger enjoys being an advocate for the mentally ill and reading.