Helga Anna Helfrich, 78, of Hardy, Ark., died Monday, June 2, 2008, at her home.
Helga was born in East Prussia to Emma Selma Bendig and Karl Weinstein on March 29, 1930. She met her future husband, Werner Helfrich, in the German Black Forrest refugee camp in 1950; in January 1955, Helga and Werner traveled to Canada and were married on Feb. 9, 1955. Helga and Werner along with their two children, Karen and Wilfred, moved to Michigan in 1963. Werner passed away in 1978.
Helga worked in the automobile industry and retired from General Motors. She moved to Hardy in 1995.
Helga first attempted to obtain U.S. citizenship in 1974 but had to drop the issue due to her husband's health. She tried again in 1987 and in 1995, but each time the people trying to help her did not follow through. Finally, with the help of her friends Helga became a United States citizen on Nov. 15, 2006.
Helga was a member of the Hardy Church of Christ and loved to play the accordion.
She is survived by: one daughter, Karen Helfrich of San Bruno, Calif.; one son, Wilfred (Will) Helfrich of Oxford, Mich.; two sisters, Gerda Lohse and Anneliese Korte both in Germany; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service was held June 4, at the Hardy Gym with Charles Babb officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland.
An online guestbook can be signed at www.heathfuneralhome.net.