Sander, Helen (nee Underwood). Beloved wife for 36 years of the late Herman Sander. Loving mother of Joyce (late David) Tedford, Jan (Pam) Sander, and the late Thomas Sander. Cherished grandma of Matthew (Colleen) Tedford, Mark (Alyssa) Tedford, Sarah (K.C.) Brown, Allie (Billy) Tracy, Ian Sander, and Ben Sander. Great grandma of Grace, David, Callum, Camden, Ellie, Parker, Sadie, Arlis, Maren, and Genevieve. Dear sister of Janet Cooper and the late Carmen Williams, Stanley Underwood, Karol Underwood, and Pauline Underwood. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Passed away on May 14th at the age of 100. Visitation Friday, May 21st from 3pm until time of Funeral Service at 5pm at Evangelical Community Church, 2191 Struble Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231. Burial will be held on Saturday, May 22nd at 11am at Tanglewood Cemetery, Versailles, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the Evangelical Community Church or Tanglewood Cemetery Association 1970 N. County Rd. 300 W, Holton, IN 47023.
Helen grew up on a farm in Versailles, Indiana. She recalled her childhood with such fondness. She spoke warmly of life on the farm and about attending school in a one-room schoolhouse. When the weather was pleasant, Helen and her siblings walked to school. They took a horse and buggy when it rained, and a sleigh when it snowed. Helen described her childhood as idyllic and recalled, later in life, that she was fortunate to have lived through the Great Depression without realizing as much.
Helen was on a trip with her sister Carmen to Moonlight Gardens when she met Herm, the love of her life. She remembered how handsome and “shiny clean” he looked that night. Herm and Helen married on New Year’s Eve in 1941. Herm left shortly thereafter to serve the United States in World War II. Together, they raised three children: Tom, Joyce, and Jan (“Satch”). Helen provided a loving home and supported Herm, working as his trusted bookkeeper. She was also actively involved in many of her children’s activities.
If there is a definition for a “Classy Lady,” it was Helen. Her sense of style was keen, her dress was always elegant. Helen was also the consummate entertainer and known for her delicious recipes. Over the years she hosted countless dinners, gatherings, and holidays. Her lace cookies were a crowd favorite.
Many reading this have joyous memories of “The Farm” in Versailles. Herm and Helen purchased the Farm in 1960 just down the road from where Helen grew up. They dug out a lake and added a log cabin. The Farm is an exceptionally special place to many, family, and friends alike—it is a place where memories are made.
Herm passed suddenly in 1977, leaving Helen a relatively young widow. It was a difficult time for her. But she found comfort in her church and a great group of special friends who shared the love of bridge, rounds of golf, and many special times together. She also began traveling the world with her younger sister Janet. They traveled and explored the world and Elder hostels together. We heard of the laughter and good times Helen, Janet, and their travel buddies shared on those trips.
As a “Granny,” Helen was active, creative, and very attuned to the individual personalities of each of her 6 grandchildren. Her granddaughter Sarah sums it up well: Granny was generous, quick-witted, and intentional. She brought love, laughter, and a few “Oh Granny” moments.
Perhaps it was her childhood on the farm, or perhaps just her positive constitution, but Helen was not one to wallow in misfortune or setbacks. She took all that life could give in positive strides. Helen maintained an active lifestyle into her 90s and always seemed the picture of good health. Those who knew her know of a strong woman, polished, guided by unwavering faith, resolute, and firm when necessary.
At 100 years of age, Helen’s life was a century well-lived. Her memory should be an example for us all.