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Helen A. Coomes

Helen A. Coomes, 88, of St. Paul, passed away at 10:25 p.m., Monday, January 10, 2022, at Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.

Helen Ann Schoenhofer was born on December 27, 1933, to George E. and Mary Lyda (Fowler) Schoenhofer in Walnut.  As a young girl she grew up in rural Walnut attending Prairieview Elementary and graduating from St. Francis High School.

For several years, Helen worked as the librarian at the Graves Memorial Library in St. Paul.  Helen devoted her life to raising her family.

She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.  Besides spending time with her family, Helen enjoyed square dancing, and gardening, especially flowers.  She was an avid reader and quilter.

On November 7, 1953, Helen and Adrian “Dale” Coomes were united in marriage at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul.  He survives of the home.

Survivors include:

Her husband – Dale Coomes, of the home

Four sons – Damien Joseph Coomes and his wife, Alice, of St. Paul, Kansas

Dale Coomes, Jr. and his wife, Bernadette, of Girard, Kansas

David John Coomes and his wife, Sandy, of Dale, Texas

Jay Bryan Coomes and his wife, Linda, of Denver, Colorado

One daughter – Victoria Ann Hammett of Springfield, Missouri

One daughter-in-law – Diane Coomes of St. Paul, Kansas

Twelve grandchildren

Twenty great-grandchildren

Five brothers – Joe Schoenhofer and his wife, Ruth Ann, of St. Paul, Kansas

Bill Schoenhofer and his wife, Nancy, of Erie, Kansas

Chris Schoenhofer of St. Paul, Kansas

Larry Schoenhofer of Erie, Kansas

Ed Schoenhofer of Kansas City, Kansas

Four sisters – Margaret Tallman of Denver, Colorado

Pat Moore of Parsons, Kansas

Doris Bennett and her husband, Gerald, of Wichita, Kanas

Joan Unruh of Phoenix, Arizona

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Scott Coomes in 2011; two brothers, Don Schoenhofer and J.D. Schoenhofer; and one sister, Agnes Paulie.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a. m., Saturday, January 15, 2022, at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul.  Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery.  The rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m., Friday, at St. Francis Catholic Church.  The family will receive friends following the rosary.

Memorials are suggested to Prairie Mission Retirement Village.  These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P. O. Box 374, Parsons, KS  67357.

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