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Date published: 2/23/2013

Helen F. Dhonau

Helen F. Dhonau, 91, of Fredericksburg passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Carriage Hill Nursing Home.

Helen was born in Cincinnati to Harry G. and Edna H. Fahnle. She married Robert H. Dhonau on Aug. 16, 1946. She was a member of Spotsylvania Presbyterian Church.

Helen was a graduate of Western Hills High School and the University of Cincinnati. She worked as a preschool teacher during World War II. She had a passion for history and worked as an interpreter at Sharon Woods Village and Hauck House in Cincinnati.

Helen loved to travel. She and her husband, Bob, traveled extensively to Europe. Music was another passion of hers. She sang in the choir and played the organ for Westwood First Presbyterian Church, where she was a member for many years until she moved to Virginia. Her greatest source of pleasure was spending time with her family and enjoying her grandchildren.

A photograph of Helen, "Choir Girl" taken by Stuart Kerr, was entered into the 1939 New York World's Fair and displayed in the Kodak Pavilion.

Helen is survived by her two daughters, Virginia "Ginny" Clevenger and her husband, Jack, of Fredericksburg and Janice Dhonau and her husband, Manfred Maurer, of Maineville, Ohio; her son, Roger Dhonau and his wife, Laurie, of Bradford Woods, Pa.; four grandchildren, Susan Allred, Dan Clevenger, Mike Dhonau and Eliza Dhonau; and two great-grandchildren, Camryn and Ainslie Allred.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Dhonau.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Spotsylvania Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Alan Hager officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati.

Online condolences may be expressed to Helen's family at foundandsons.com.