Helen B. Retallack, 92

July 8, 1929 - October 16, 2021

Helen B. Retallack, 92, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021 at her Strasburg home. She was the wife of the late Kenneth L. “Red” Retallack, with whom Helen enjoyed 43 years of marriage before his death in 1998.

Born in Eden Township, Helen was the daughter if the late Oscar and Helen B. (Mowery) Boose.

Helen graduated from the former Quarryville High School, and was a dedicated homemaker while her kids were in school. She then worked at Historic Strasburg and retired from Zimmerman’s Hardware, Strasburg.

Helen participated in Strasburg Senior Citizens, and was very active in the Paul R. Strubel V.F.W. Post #8710 Auxiliary, Strasburg, and served as Auxiliary President when Red served as Post President. Helen loved sewing and was willing to help anyone. She loved to cook and feeding her family and friends was her love language.

Surviving Helen are her five children: Larry E. Herr and companion Betty Barefoot of New Providence, Vicki M. Retallack of Lancaster, Beth Ann Retallack of Strasburg, Keith Retallack and wife Carolyn (Shaubach) of New Providence, and Donna J. Retallack of Strasburg; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; and her sisters-in-law, Martha Boose and Carolyn Boose. In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by her brothers, Melvin “Bud’ Boose, Harold “Jim” Boose, and Jacob “Jake” Boose.

Helen’s family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to all of the staff of Hospice, especially the Purple Team for their loving care through her final days. She appreciated each of you.

Graveside services will take place 1 PM Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a memorial contribution to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

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October 23, 2021

Sending your family healing prayers and love during these difficult times. Jennifer Shaubach-Johnston

October 22, 2021

So sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mom. May the many memories you have with her sustain you through this time of grieving. 
Candace Gallinson

October 22, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing.  She has been a great neighbor for over 30 years.  Helen and my grandmother, Arvella Boose were first cousins making me her 1st cousin twice removed or something like that.  My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones.  Love, Tammy Martin

October 21, 2021

Extending sincere condolences to the entire Retallack Family.  Sending love and prayers to all.

October 21, 2021

Our sympathy to the Retallack family. Thanks to Larry for bringing your mother to our place for a visit earlier this year.   Sincerely ,   Donald & Doris Herr 

October 21, 2021

Thinking of you Sunshine and your family during this.   There is an Angel watching over all of you 🙂
Chris Aldridge

October 20, 2021

I am so glad to have spent many Thursday nights playing games at The Retallack house  and Helen yelling “Yahtzee” at the top of her lungs! It was a lot of fun to help with Christmas cookie baking last year too. Helen will be missed by many of us. I’m very sorry for your loss.
Doreen Kreiner

October 20, 2021

My sincere condolences to you and your family Michael Bachman 

October 20, 2021

Nanny you will forever be in my heart .you were like my will be missed more then you were a one of a kind lady .I know you will be looking down on us .until we meet again .fly high and rest well .I love you 😘 ❤️
Londa metz

October 19, 2021

Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Great memories over the years from Calabash, NC. My sincere sympathy to you all. Love, Terry Ikner

October 19, 2021

I offer my sincere condolences to the Retallack and Boose family.  
Martha Severson

Saturday, October 23, 2021
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1514 Village Road
Strasburg, PA 17579
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