Helen Phillips Hergatt, 92, of Mansfield passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at the Winchester Terrace Nursing Home following an eighth month stay.
She loved being there because of the wonderful care she received from the staff. She was born June 26, 1926 in Mansfield, Ohio, the daughter of George and Vasilike Phillips, who emigrated from Greece.
She graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1944. On Dec. 24, 1949 she married the love of her life, Albert (Gene) Hergatt and lived her entire life in Mansfield, raising her family and working.
She started her working career as a third shift cashier at General Motors. After a short period of work at Zales Jewelry, she obtained employment at the J.C. Penney Company where she worked over 33 years as a floor supervisor and lingerie department head. Helen volunteered to prepare chili for the Chili Cook Off at Snow Trails one year and made J.C. Penney proud as she took home the First Place Prize in the Corporate category. She also served as a model for suits and professional clothes when J.C Penney advertised. People loved working for and with Helen.
She had a great sense of humor and was a fun person to be with. She believed in hard work and dedication no matter where she was or what she was doing. On Wednesdays, her day off, she enjoyed spending time and shopping with her sister and nieces and nephews. She retired in 1998. After retirement she traveled with her sister and loved working in her yard and her home.
Helen was a dedicated mother and wife and her family always came first, and she was a strong role model for her children, and nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, after 49 years of marriage; her brothers, Harry and Crist; her sister, Demetra Gillespie; niece, Jennifer Slind; niece, Susan Vance; and nephew, Glenn Gillespie.
She is survived by two daughters Diana Burns and Barbara (Mike) Malone, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington-Springmill Rd. Private interment will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project may be made through the funeral home.
Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.wappner.com.