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In Memory of

Helen Cecelia Schefstad

March 19, 1929 - November 28, 2016

Obituary


HELEN (MILLER) SCHEFSTAD, 87, of Altamonte Springs went to be in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father on November 28, 2016 with her family by her side, including her husband, Wilbur, of 65 years.Helen was born March 19, 1929, in Lawler, IA, daughter of Matthew V. and Mary D. McGinn Miller.

Born the youngest of eight, she attended elementary schools in Lawler and New Hampton, IA as well as high school in New Hampton. She graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in Dubuque, IA in 1950. She was employed at The State Hospital...

HELEN (MILLER) SCHEFSTAD, 87, of Altamonte Springs went to be in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father on November 28, 2016 with her family by her side, including her husband, Wilbur, of 65 years.Helen was born March 19, 1929, in Lawler, IA, daughter of Matthew V. and Mary D. McGinn Miller.

Born the youngest of eight, she attended elementary schools in Lawler and New Hampton, IA as well as high school in New Hampton. She graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in Dubuque, IA in 1950. She was employed at The State Hospital in Independence, IA, and the University of Iowa Medical Center and Mercy Hospital both in Iowa City, IA. Helen met her husband, Wilbur (Shep), in Dubuque, IA where she was a student at the Mercy School of Nursing and he was a pre-med student at Loras College. They married in 1951 while Wilbur was a medical student at the University of Iowa. Helen was an active military wife during her husband’s nearly 30 years of service in the Navy. They were stationed in Jacksonville, FL; Portsmouth, VA; Camp Lejeune, NC; St. Albans, NY; Key West, FL and Orlando, FL. Even with a large family to care for, Helen dedicated her life to helping others. While in Key West, Helen was President of the Medical-Dental Wives Club during which support was given to corps personnel stationed at the Naval Hospital; many of these young men were returning from Vietnam or had orders to deploy. In 1965, Helen was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Coast Guard for notable services for these activities as well as supporting the Coast Guard Service Cuban Refugees Program. In 1983, Helen earned a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Navy for her unselfish, faithful and devoted service during her husband’s naval career. Helen was also a member of the Officer Wives Bowling Team where she won numerous bowling trophies.



Helen was a Parishioner of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church since 1968. She was an inaugural inductee into the Order of St. Mary Magdalen in 2005.

Helen was recognized in 1976 by Bishop Moore High School for her untiring efforts throughout the years. She was recognized a second time for her distinguished service to education through many years of active participation in the Home & School Association and the Athletic Association of BMHS. In 1983, St. Mary Magdalen School recognized Helen for her dedicated contribution to Catholic education. In 1996 she was inducted into the Bishop Moore Athletic Hall of Fame. Helen was named Mother of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel and provided countless hours of service to her community such as volunteering for the Adult Literacy Program. In 2005, she received the Alumni of Distinction Award from Mercy School of Nursing, Dubuque, IA.

Helen, along with Sister Joyce Rohlik and Shep, were the force behind the unprecedented founding of the St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church Adult & Child Care Centers in Altamonte Springs. All who knew Helen were blessed by her compassion and generosity. During her 48 years in Altamonte Springs, Helen provided nursing care and friendship to many through their last journey of life. Many have been blessed to have Helen in their life. Despite losing her own mother at a young age, Helen was often referred to as having the graces of a saintly mother. Helen is survived by her husband, Wilbur; children, Mary (Richard) Furman, Louisville, KY; Steve (Jan) Atlanta, GA; Jean (Jim) Guerrette, Altamonte Springs, FL; Julia (David) Mansfield, Altamonte Springs, FL; Theresa, St Pete Beach, FL; Tony (Carol) Altamonte Springs, FL; Linda, Casselberry, FL; Michael (Sonja) Altamonte Springs, FL; and 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Her beloved parents and 7 brothers and sisters, who preceded her in death, have welcomed their baby sister back to the family table. A Visitation, to include a Prayer Service and Rosary, will be held from 1:30-4:00 pm, on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016 at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. A Reception will immediately follow the Mass at the St. Mary Magdalen Parish Life Center. St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church is located at 861 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. The Burial will follow the Reception at Highland Memory Gardens, 3329 E. Semoran Blvd, Apopka, FL 32703.



In lieu of flowers, gifts of remembrance may be made in Helen’s name to:

Hospice of the Comforter 605 Montgomery Road, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Life Choices Women’s Center 441 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Florida Right to Life, Inc. P.O. Box 162382 Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home 994 East Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701