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In Loving Memory


Helen Edder Edelen
11/18/1921 - 7/10/2010

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Helen Edder Edelen, age 88, of New Bethlehem, died Saturday morning, July 10, 2010 at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.

Born November 18, 1921 in Porter Township, Clarion County, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Alba Cox Bowersox.

She married George Edder on November 27, 1941. He preceded her in death on January 29, 1959. She later married John Edelen on January 24, 1982. He preceded her in death on November 22, 2001.

Mrs. Edelen was a beautician in the local area and was a member of the Oakwood Presbyterian Church, where she was an Elder serving on the session. She was also a member of the BPW of New Bethlehem. She enjoyed baking, flower arranging, quilting, embroidery and gardening.

Survivors include her four children: William Edder and his wife, Patricia, of Vermont; Richard Edder and his wife, Elaine of Lower Burrell; Paul Edder and his wife, Theresa, of Shippenville and Patty Tonkin and her husband, Robert, of Brookville; 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one great great grandson; one brother: Ralph Bowersox of Clarion and a sister, Pearl Minich of New Bethlehem.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her brother and his wife, Tommy and Louise Bowersox; a brother-in-law, Darl Minich; two sisters-in-law: Norma and Virginia and a daughter-in-law, Pat.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Monday, July 12, 2010 at the Rupert Funeral Home, 301 Penn Street, New Bethlehem.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am Tuesday, July 13, 2010 in the Oakwood Presbyterian Church, 5296 Curllsville Road, New Bethlehem. Reverend John McCall will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Leatherwood Cemetery in Porter Township, Clarion County.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Oakwood Presbyterian Church, 5296 Curllsville Road, New Bethlehem, PA 16242.

Online condolences may be sent to Helen’s family at www.rupertfuneralhomes.com

Online Condolences


From:  Rebecca Wotherspoon   Springfield


Relationship:  friend



Dear Patty and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Your loving care and time spent with your dear mother was exemplary! God Bless You! Love, Rebecca and Jeanette

Sent:  7/11/2010


From:  Lynne & Mike Tharan   New Bethlehem & Uniontown


Relationship:  Friend



God Bless you all at this difficult time. You're in our prayers. Helen was a delightful lady - I'm so happy to have known her as a friend.

Sent:  7/12/2010


From:  Barb Neilson   Port Allegay


Relationship:  Friend



Patty: I just received a phone call from my mom that Dave and Barb were headed home for the funeral, and in my search, I found it was your mom. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Bob, and the rest of the family. Please, let us know if there is anything we can do. Thinking of you...

Sent:  7/13/2010


From:  Rita Richardson   Gilford


Relationship:  friend



Dear Patti and family, Oh how I will miss my dear Helen. What a bright spot she has been in my life. So kind, so outgoing,so understanding. I will miss calling her on the phone. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Helen is irreplaceable and will be missed by so many who knew her. I loved her laugh and the way she called everyone "Honey". What a wonderful person and I am honored to have called her my friend.

Sent:  7/30/2010


From:  Shari Bailey Caldwell   Indiana


Relationship:  friend



Patty, Paul and family.........it was such great sadness when I read about Helen's passing. She was such a great friend to my Mom through her illness. I will never forget her kindness. When I think of my proms it is Helen who got us ready for the big night!! She gave my boys their first haircuts. Now that I have spent the last 15 years with Big Brothers BIg Sisters, I realize the great strength she had to raise such wonderful children by herself afer your Dad's passing. Just one of the great ladies from my childhood. God bless her and you as your grieve for such a great Lady!

Sent:  8/4/2010


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