A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 11, at St. Helen Catholic Church in Junction City for Virginia (“Ginny”) Helbling of Eugene, who died June 3, 2021. She was 81. Rosary will be at 10 a.m. prior to mass.
Virginia was born September 17, 1939, in Klamath Falls, Oregon, to John and Dorothy (Murray) Favero and grew up in Seattle, Washington. She attended Seattle University where she met and married her husband of 62 years, James Helbling on January 10, 1959. She later attended and graduated from Lane Community College. Employed as a legal secretary for 20 years, she served three terms as president of Lane County Legal Secretaries Association. As a homemaker, she also volunteered in various youth activities, served as a First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross, and as a Eucharistic Minister at Sacred Heart Medical Center. She enjoyed “playing at Bridge,” reading, tea parties, knitting, needlework and quilting with family and friends.
Survivors include her husband; three sons: Joseph (Mary) of Spokane, Washington; Anthony (Pamela) of Canby, Oregon; and George (Anie) of Eugene, Oregon; three daughters: Julia Schewanick and Karin (David) Cary, both of Springfield, Oregon; and Elizabeth (Kenneth) Link of Canby, Oregon; 20 grandchildren and 8 great-grand-children; three brothers: John (Karen) Favero of Seattle, Washington; James (Barbara) Favero of Eagle Point, Oregon; Gerald (Susan) Favero of Sand Creek, Wisconsin; one sister: Deborah (Ted) Newton of Bothell, Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Anne Wright and all those at Cascade Hospice for their compassionate care.
Remembrances to St. Helen Catholic Church, 1350 W. 6th Ave., Junction City, Oregon.
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