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Helen Louise Dreher

Posted 2009-01-24 by Judy Wight Branson
San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, California
Friday, May 12, 2006

Helen Louise Dreher 83, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2006, in Sunnyvale, Calif. Born in 1923 at Humboldt, Arizona.

Wife of the late Robert George Dreher, beloved mother of Eric Dreher and his wife, Dana Dreher, of Sunnyvale, Calif., and of Barry Dreher and his wife, Cindy Dreher, of Windsor, Calif., loving grandmother of Barry's sons, Brannon R. Dreher of Stanwood, Wash., and of Aaron M. Dreher of Mount Vernon, Wash, sister of the late Margaret DeCloedt, and of Catherine Kelly of Castroville, Calif. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Helen's loved the days she lived with husband Robert, on WW II Naval Air assignments at Tillamook, Oregon, and Majuro Atoll, in the Pacific Ocean's Marshall Islands. They made their family home in Menlo Park, Calif. In 1954, Robert and Helen purchased a house in Sunnyvale, Calif. - the family home for Barry and Eric.

Helen graduated from Sequoia High in Redwood City. She worked as a Pacific Bell telephone operator in Woodside, and as a cannery worker at Del Monte in Sunnyvale. She was a police matron and dispatcher for the Campbell, Calif. Police Department for 17 years.

In retirement, Helen and Robert traveled extensively in Europe, and the Americas. She passionately pursued genealogy and learned German in order to trace Robert's family tree to living cousins in Germany. They visited relatives in Germany, with Helen acting as interpreter. Genealogy also led to Helen's qualifying for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), where she proudly served as Regent of the Santa Clara Chapter as well as in many other offices and committees. On Saturday, May 13, 2006, 10:00 a.m. family and friends will gather at the Wyant and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, 174 N. Sunnyvale Ave., Sunnyvale, Calif., 94086, to celebrate Helen's life. A reception will follow at a location to be announced.

Arrangements by Byrgan & Company.

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