Helen V. Hobel-Loving Mother, Sister, and Aunt
Helen V. “Hala” Hobel, 92, of Rockford, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, in her home. Born Feb. 12, 1920, in Rockford, the daughter of Gunnard and Signe (Ohlsson) Ellison. She was a 1937, graduate of Rockford High School. Helen married Jean Alec Hobel on Oct. 31, 1952, he predeceased her in 1998. She worked as a secretary for Hess & Hopkins Leather Co. for many years. She was a diehard Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan, and former Cherryvale Pacer. She was very proud of her Swedish heritage, and loved baking her Swedish cookies; she was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church. She was a gentle soul who loved everyone.
She is survived by her son, Mark Hobel; daughter, Kathleen Hobel; brother, Eric Ellison; sisters, Dorothy Manning, and Doris Ellison all of Rockford; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Nancy Fitzpatrick. The family would like to thank the staff at Swedish American Hospital 10th floor, especially Tania, and Cindy, Monique, and Amy from Passages Hospice.
Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. with Rev. Dean Parker officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service in the chapel. Memorials to the family .
|From: Cindy McCrea (Cinders)||Jul 25 2012 7:05PM|
|Hobo....so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. Will keep you and Nano in my thoughts and prayers.|
|From: Chris Schultz||Jul 26 2012 2:13PM|
|Hobo, Jay and I are so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a lovely person who will be missed by many. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Pat and Phil also send their condolences.|
|From: Marilyn Dunn||Jul 26 2012 2:42PM|
|Mark and Kathy, Your mother was a sweet person. I started doing Helens hair at the 7th street Beauty Salon (FLO"S) and continued to do her hair until i retired. She would drive to Poplar Grove. I considered her a dear friend, one you could share all your secrets with. She loved her children above all else. I called her about 5 years ago, after i moved to Texas. I was so happy to hear she got to stay in her own home until her death. Some friends are for a life time. You guys have sweet memories of a wonderful mother.|