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Helen F. Miller

June 26, 1927 — December 15, 2020

Helen F. (Thorbahn) Miller, 93, of Lindsey, passed away in the early morning of December 15, 2020 at Elmwood Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing of Fremont.  She was born on June 26, 1927 in Oak Harbor, Ohio to the late Fred “ Fritz” & Elsie (Hoffman) Thorbahn. Helen was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  She attended Carroll Township School in Ottawa County. 

On November 25, 1950, Helen married Donald R. Miller at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor.  They shared 58 years together in marriage until his passing on June 26, 2008.

In addition to being a homemaker, Helen was a true partner in her husband’s farming and animal husbandry.  She was employed at Standard Products in Port Clinton, Ohio and most, notably, as a 25-year School Bus Driver for Fremont City Schools (1968-1993).  Her memberships include Trinity United Methodist Church in Lindsey, Farm Bureau Council, and the Ohio Angus Ladies Auxiliary.  She was a Cub Scout Den Mother and a 4-H supporter.  She enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s athletic and music events, attending county fairs and Angus Shows, and traveling. She will be remembered as being the best hay bailing driver ever; her sugar cookies and pies; and hosting many family dinners.

Left to cherish her memory are her sister Donna Lou Fizer, Oak Harbor; her four children Paul Miller (Debra), Solon, Iowa, Barbara Knipe (C. Lynn), Upper Arlington, Ohio, Julia Bergman (John), Elmore, Ohio, and David Miller (Cheri), Lindsey, Ohio; ten grandchildren Valerie Michek, Bangor, Wisconsin, Katie Falco, Wentzville, Missouri, Nathan Miller and Natalie Oakes, Solon, Iowa, Austin Miller, Golden, Colorado, Laurie Grant, Ostrander, Ohio, Scott Bergman, Arlington, Ohio, Sarah Miller, Maumee, Ohio, Caroline Miller, Lindsey, Ohio, and Emily Thomas, Westerville, Ohio; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents; husband Don; brothers Richard, Lewis, Marvin, and Willard Thorbahn; sisters Ella Mae Burmeister and Marian Henry.

The family asks that you attend services virtually via under the Live Webcasts tab beginning at 11:00 AM Sunday, December 20, 2020. Rev. Travis Montgomery will officiate. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lifeline of Ohio (organ donation), 770 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 43212; Northwest Ohio Alzheimer’s Association; and Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department, 238 S. Main Street, Lindsey, OH 43442.

The family extends a special thanks to the administrative and nursing staff at Elmwood Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing of Fremont for the care provided to Helen over the past six years.

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