Helen Darlene Fontinel, 79, of Buford, GA, formerly of Tama, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 2:15 AM at Emory University Medical Center in Atlanta, GA. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama with Rev. Michael D. Lombardo, Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Wayne, NJ officiating. Interment will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Tama. Visitation will be held Saturday, September 14 from 8 AM until the time of service at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Helen was born on June 16, 1934 in rural Poweshiek County, the daughter of Delmar and Florence (Cogley) Baustian. Helen was united in marriage to Robert William Fontinel on July 6, 1952 at the Methodist Church in Grinnell, Iowa. She worked at Lord & Taylor and Macys stores in Texas and Georgia and retired in December of 2009 from ACOSTA Sales & Marketing. Helen was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Parish in Flowery Branch, Georgia since 1997. Away from work, she enjoyed her family and friends more than anything else. Helen also loved to chronicle family history and share new developments by publishing and distributing an annual family calendar for the past twenty years. She also set a great example for all by sharing her life and treasures with family, friends, and so many others around the United States and twenty different countries including Morocco, Panama, Thailand, France, Italy, Belgium, and Germany.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert William Fontinel on January 17, 2011, son, Clinton Robert Fontinel in 1978; and four sisters, Ruth Baustian Abbott, Doris Baustian Scott, Mildred Baustian Johns, and Shirley Baustian OHara.
Survivors include her children, Mr. & Mrs. Aaron Fontinel of Dacula, GA, Rose Ann Fontinel of Manchester, MO, Rhea Fontinel of Eau Claire, WI, Barbara Fontinel Yarar of Wayne, NJ, Mr. & Mrs. Lance (Katherine) Fontinel of Monroe, GA, and Lucia Fontinel of Malden, MA; and eleven grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Helen is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grandnephews as well as foreign exchange students, Orosia Poveda of Panama City, Panama and Somchali Anamthawat Kierig of Bangkok, Thailand.
Memorials may be directed to Winship Melanoma & Skin Cancer Fund, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, 1440 Clifton Rd., Suite 170, Atlanta, GA 30322. Mail for the family can be sent to: The Fontinel Family, c/o Aaron Fontinel, 2287 Hamilton Mill Parkway, Dacula, GA 30019.