Helen L. Abdouch
September 14, 1924 – October 20, 2020
Helen Abdouch passed away peacefully on October 20, 2020. She was 96 years old.
The youngest daughter of Mike and Sadie David, Helen was born on September 14, 1924 in Tryon, Nebraska. Although she moved away from the Sandhills after high school, a part of her heart was always there, and she often referred to Tryon as “God’s country.” She married Ivan M. Abdouch, her “one and only,” on May 16, 1948, and together they raised three children in Omaha.
After graduating from McPherson County High School in 1941, Helen studied at Nettleton Business College for two years, and worked for the Wright and Wilhelmy Company before marrying and becoming a mother. She was a backbone for her family and community, mostly serving in roles for which she did not receive (nor did she expect) recognition. She was named the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities Woman of the Year for her work helping raise funds and awareness for St. Jude’s Hospital, and served as a Cub Scout Den Mother for her sons’ troops. Beyond the accolades, though, she worked unselfishly to support her family and others and she took pride in seeing their success and the accomplishments in their lives and careers. In later years, she was well known in her communities as a spitfire who had a saying for every occasion.
Helen loved big band music, scotch and water with a twist, and word searches. She was an avid sports fan and rooted hard for the Husker football team, the Chicago Cubs, the Atlanta Braves, and her husband’s favorite Washington Redskins, and she was selected to throw out the first pitch at an Omaha Storm Chasers game at 88 years old. Most of all, she loved the College World Series, for which she was a longtime season ticket holder and attended games annually since 1951. However, her greatest joy was to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan; parents; and six siblings. She is survived by her children: Mike (Cheri) Abdouch, Nancy (Mike) Nielsen and Ivan (Becki) Abdouch, all of Omaha; grandchildren: Anisa (Jeff) Kopecky, Mikala (Jess) Hardessen, Kiley (Gregory) Eaton, Travis (Julie) Nielsen, Krissy (Phil) Stiles, Alex (Daryl) Kohlscheen, and Sammi (Mitch) Kracl; great-grandchildren: Olivia, Evangeline, Simeon, Lilly, Kinley, Evelyn, and Max; and countless nieces, nephews and friends.
VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Sunday, October 25th from 3pm to 5pm, at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, October 26th, 1pm, West Center Chapel. INTERMENT: Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Endless Journey Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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