Helen Darlene Fontinel, 79, of Buford, Ga., formerly of Tama passed away on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at 2:15 a.m. at Emory University Medical Center in Atlanta, Ga. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama with Rev. Michael D. Lombardo, Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Wayne, N.J. officiating. Interment will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Tama. Visitation will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. until the time of service at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Helen was born on June 16, 1934, in rural Poweshiek County, the daughter of Delmar and Florence (Cogley) Baustian. She attended country school at Sheridan #4 in Poweshiek County and graduated from Grinnell High School in 1951. Helen was united in marriage to Robert William Fontinel on July 6, 1952, at the Methodist Church in Grinnell. She was the secretary to the Grinnell High School Principal and assisted her husband at Wick Homes. Helen later worked at Lord & Taylor and Macy's stores in Texas and Georgia and retired in December of 2009 from ACOSTA Sales & Marketing.
Helen was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Parish in Tama from 1963-1989, St. Cyril's Catholic Parish in Houston, Texas from 1989-1997, and Prince of Peace Catholic Parish in Flowery Branch, Ga. since 1997. She was a member of the St. Scholastica Circle at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Tama and a fifty-seven year member of Chester Royal Grange, Poweshiek County, Iowa, in which she held multiple offices. Away from work, she enjoyed her family and friends more than anything else. Helen also loved to chronicle family history and share new developments by publishing and distributing an annual family calendar for the past twenty years. She also set a great example for all by sharing her life and treasures with family, friends, and so many others around the United States and twenty different countries including Morocco, Panama, Thailand, France, Italy, Belgium, and Germany.
Helen Darlene Fontinel
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert William Fontinel on Jan. 17, 2011, son, Clinton Robert Fontinel in 1978; and four sisters, Ruth Baustian Abbott, Doris Baustian Scott, Mildred Baustian Johns, and Shirley Baustian O'Hara.
Survivors include her children, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Fontinel of Dacula, Ga., Rose Ann Fontinel of Manchester, Mo., Rhea Fontinel of Eau Claire, Wisc., Barbara Fontinel Yarar of Wayne, N.J., Mr. & Mrs. Lance (Katherine) Fontinel of Monroe, Ga., and Lucia Fontinel of Malden, Mss; and 11 grandchildren, Nicole Fontinel Cookson, Lauren Fontinel Stegmeyer, Esra and Kaan Yarar, Giselle Gibran, Christopher, Merit, Hunter, Paige, Clay, and Peyton Fontinel; and one great granddaughter, Michaela Cookson. Helen is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grandnephews as well as foreign exchange students, Orosia Poveda of Panama City, Panama and Somchali Anamthawat Kierig of Bangkok, Thailand.
Memorials may be directed to Winship Melanoma & Skin Cancer Fund, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, 1440 Clifton Rd., Suite 170, Atlanta, GA 30322. Mail for the family can be sent to: The Fontinel Family, c/o Aaron Fontinel, 2287 Hamilton Mill Parkway, Dacula, GA 30019.