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Helen Selmat Sindelar was born on March 3, 1928 to Charles and Emma Selmat, and was called Home on September 17, 2017. Helen grew up on the farm her parents purchased in Grant County when she was three months old. She met her future husband, Frankie Sindelar, at a dance hall in Drury, Kansas and married him on March 10, 1951. They settled on the same farm, north of Medford, that she grew up on where they lived the rest of their lives. To this union was born their only child, a daughter. When Helen wasn't helping Frankie work on the farm, she worked at Smrckas for ten years, and an additional ten years working in the Medford School Cafeteria. Helen was very active in a number of organizations. She was extremely patriotic and was an active member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary and the American Legion. She has been responsible for decorating the entrance to Rosemound Cemetery every Memorial Day from 1980 up to the time of her passing. Helen was a member of the Grant County Retired Educators Association where, just this last year she was honored as a Distinguished Retired Educator. She was also a member of the Redbud OHCE, The Red Hats Society, the Eureka Starlets, and the Enid Polka Club, just to name a few.
Frankie and Helen were inseparable soul-mates, spending much of their post-retirement time traveling to different parts of the country, and even making a trip back to the "old country", Czechoslovakia, in their later days. When the Lord suddenly called Frankie home in 2010, Helen stayed on the farm, continuing to manage it. She was very independent.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Karen Hart and husband, Phillip of Mustang, Oklahoma; grandson, Travis Hart of Yukon, Oklahoma; granddaughter, Kari Nunneley and husband, Brad of McLoud, Oklahoma; two great-granddaughters, Jaicee Hart and Kylie Nunneley; two great-grandsons, Barrett Nunneley and Brayden Hart and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Medford through the funeral home.
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Karen, our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Your Mom was one of the sweetest women I have been blessed to know. She was always ready to help others in need. I have fond memories of the days on the farm and was always so impressed how hard she would work. She was an amazing women, wife and mother. May you and your family be comforted by our Heavenly Father during this tender time. May you find peace knowing that Yiur Mom and Dad are once again together as they were during this mortality. I bet they are carching up for the past seven years.
To the family of Helen, she was a friend of my moms Wilma Jelinek, they enjoyed the polka dances at enid and other places. A sweet lady indeed. We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
RW & Donna Jelinek McKee
We are so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. She was a lovely lady and we know she stilled missed Frankie. They were such a cute energetic couple. Our love and sympathy to Karen and family.
Karen, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. What a joy it was to know her! I have so many memories of her, always kind, friendly, and always working on something. I saw her at the Grant County Fair, then again September 16 in Wakita at the Old Settlers Day. I know the angels are rejoicing, and I know she and your dad are dancing together again. Rest in peace dear woman.
Mary Anna Evans
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