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3000 E. Third Street
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Helen Delores Gotwals

Helen Delores Gotwals

Friday, May 15th, 1936 - Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
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Helen Delores Gotwals of Bloomington passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Greenwood Meadows Nursing Home, Greenwood, IN. She was 84.
Helen was born May 15, 1936 in Daviess County, Indiana to Orville and Glenn (Rainey) Foster. The eldest daughter of 7 children, young Helen served her family and community as an in-house caregiver to her aunt. She played organ in church and helped maintain the family farm.
In the 1950’s, Helen moved to Bloomington, taking a job at RCA. She met and married Ron Gotwals, who worked on the assembly line with her. Later in life, Helen faced the slow tragedy of losing Ron to a debilitating disease with courage and grace. She put her sewing skills to work to support her family, working days at Sullivan’s and then later at Redwood & Ross clothiers downtown and evenings at home for personal clients. Later, Helen purchased Nedra’s Formal Ware in Bloomington, which she ran for several years. Helen will be remembered as a skilled and tireless tailor, a loyal friend who loved to laugh, and a selfless, loving mother and grandmother.
She was a member of First Christian Church of Bloomington and a member of the Red Hat Society.
Survivors include her two sons, Michael (Beverly) Gotwals and Brian (Melissa) Gotwals; 5 grandchildren, Stephen Gotwals, Kaitlyn (Gotwals) Mountel, Jeremy Gotwals, Aurelia Moreton-Gotwals and Flora Moreton-Gotwals; one great granddaughter, Lydia Mountel; 3 brothers, Tom, Donnie, and Jim Foster; and sister, Mable Lamb.
Helen was preceded in death by husband Ronald Gotwals; daughter, Lisa Gotwals Lewis; infant son Steven Ray Gotwals; brother Bob Foster; and sister, Mary Lou May.
Services for Helen will be at 1:00 pm Monday, November 2, at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St. Bloomington. Rev. Helen Hempfling will officiate the service and burial will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens.
Visitation for Helen begins at 11:00 am until service time on Monday at The Funeral Chapel.
Instead of flowers, donations may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    The Funeral Chapel
    3000 E. Third St.
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  • Service

    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 1:00pm
    The Funeral Chapel
    3000 E. Third St.
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  • Interment

    Valhalla Memory Gardens
    310 N. Johnson Ave.
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Suzanne Sturgeon

Posted at 07:22pm
Whoever wrote Helen's obituary did a great job. "Courage and grace" were her trademarks. I first met Helen when she was facing Ron's decline, but later I started getting alterations done by her. She was always kind and professional. Her work was excellent, and she could fix just about anything--rips, tears, too long, too short, too tight, too loose, It was fun to visit Nedra's Formal Wear and hear all the requests. It was amazing what she could do with a sewing machine. Making brides and their mothers happy is a difficult business, but she could do it. Suzanne Sturgeon

Gina Stillions

Posted at 11:44am
So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Gina Wilkes Stillions


Posted at 01:57am
Sorry to hear this, thoughts and prayers to all.

The Carson Family

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