Helen S. Knippen (nee Smith), 92, of Wheaton passed away February 2, 2018 in Wheaton. The great granddaughter of early Morman pioneers (1852-1853) she was born to Kent & Hannah Smith (nee Heslington), on February 9, 1925. She lived most of her early life in a three room uninsulated clap board farm house, whose only water source was a hand pump at the sink, on the flats outside Milford, UT: moving with her family to the town of Milford in 1940. After graduation from Milford High School she worked for the Ration Board of the Office of Price Stabilization during WWII. She attended Utah State University where she met her husband James H. Knippen who was there on the G.I. bill . They married July 20, 1946 in Wheaton. Helen assisted her husband in the operation of Knippen’s Shoe Store for many years and was active in the historical restoration of the Knippen building in downtown Wheaton. She volunteered at Central DuPage Hospital putting in more than fourteen thousand volunteer hours, and with her husband generously donated to the Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. She was active in her church and the Wheaton Junior Women’s Club. She enjoyed; bridge; league golf and bowling; world travel, snowbirding in Florida; and spending time with her grandchildren. She never forgot her western American heritage speaking fondly of its mountains, redrock country and the Ute Indians. She is survived by her sons James (Tallya) Knippen, Michael (Anne) Knippen, Mark Knippen; her grandchildren James, Kayla, Ebben, Michael, Jamie, Robert and Karly and her great grandson Asher. She was preceded in death by her husband James and her siblings Jean, Charles and Shirley.
Visitation Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service 12:00 pm at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home 430 E. Roosevelt Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Private interment: Wheaton Cemetery. Info @ www.williams-kampp.com or (630) 668-0016.
In lieu of flowers donations to Central DuPage Hospital or the Central DuPage Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated.
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