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Helen Carole Buddenhagen

January 2, 1927 ~ October 18, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old

Helen Buddenhagen Obituary

Helen Carole Buddenhagen (nee Kernner) was born on January 2, 1927. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 42 years, Andrew Richard Buddenhagen. Helen is survived by her three children, Richard, Donald, and Carole; their spouses, Georgine, Lisa, and John; as well as by her eight grandchildren: Daniel and Ivy; Allison, Kristina, and Steven; and, Andrew, Jackson, and Emilie. She loved spending time watching as her children and their families grew and thrived – it’s one of the things that made her proudest.

An avid reader, Helen loved a good mystery, and couldn’t wait to see “whodunit.” She loved to watch old Sherlock Holmes’ movies, Saturday morning shows, such as Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and some all time favorites, Perry Mason, and NCIS (because she thought Mark Harmon was cute). She listened to generations of music, from Big Band music to the B-52’s. While she loved all kinds of music, she was lyrically challenged, and created her own words to many songs; one of her favorites being her rendition of Why Can’t We Be Friends, or as she referred to it, I Can Breathe Again. She always liked her version best. Helen was strong willed, compassionate, fiercely loyal, witty, and loving. Her smile could brighten any room. Helen’s entire family will be gathering next summer to celebrate her long and incredible life; there will be lots of dessert and tea shared (and chocolate, of course). While Helen will be missed tremendously, she is now reunited with her husband, mother and father, and countless friends who went before her. 

Somewhere in heaven, she is shouting, “I Love You More.” But Mom, Nana, Grandma, we love you more. So there.

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