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Helen R. Swengel

Helen R. Swengel, 92, of Franklin, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at the Indiana Masonic Home Medical Center in Franklin.

Helen entered the Masonic Home in 1985. She delivered mail, read and wrote letters for the visually impaired. She also did a special program once a week reading poems and Scripture for other residents called “Inspirational Treasures.” She also conducted Bible study and Saturday morning devotions.

Helen was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Bargersville, to William “Bill” and Jessie M. Roe.

She attended schools at Bargersville and Center Grove and graduated from Center Grove in 1937.

Helen worked at Murphy’s 5 and 10, Franklin Pure Milk and Goodman-Jester as a clerk and buyer. She also worked at Wm. H. Block Co., L.S. Ayres and Co. and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

She married Francis Swengel at First Christian Church in Franklin in 1941. Francis and Helen owned and operated Swengel’s Ice Cream in Indianapolis and had stores on Madison Avenue, Shelby Street and Lynhurst Drive before Francis passed away in 1981.

Helen attended Bargersville Christian Church and University Heights Christian Church before becoming a charter member of Southport Heights Christian Church in Indianapolis. She was a member of Mary and Martha Bible School Class and Capitol District Women’s Auxiliary.

She was active in missionary work and was a 50-year member of Lake James School of Missions. Her home was a home for students from abroad who were in the United States to get a theology degree.

She did much public speaking about missions at 28 colleges and camps, including Allendale Christian Camp for 23 years and in Canada and India. She attended and participated in many North American Christian conventions.

Also preceding Helen in death were her parents, William and Jessie Roe; brothers, Frank, Lewis, Leo, Arnold, George and Robert “Bob” Roe; and a dear friend, Cecil L. Beck.

Survivors include two sisters, Patricia (Roe) Wilson Funk of Chatham, Ill., and Edna Roe of Indianapolis; and sister-in-law, Joyce Roe of Indianapolis. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Indiana Masonic Home, 690 S. State St., Franklin, and from

11 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest at Reddington Cemetery in Jackson County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Missionary Fund at Southport Heights Christian Church, 7154 McFarland Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.ghherrmann.com.

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