Helen Fleischhauer

Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008

Juneau resident Helen Constance Fleischhauer died in the early morning of Sept. 16, 2008, at Wildflower Court. She was 92.

She was born Aug. 12, 1916, in Centralia, Wash., to Florence Benna and Ray Herbert Conrad. Her family said she married her high school sweetheart Aug. 28, 1937, and they lived happily together for 56 years, until Guy died in 1993.

She served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. They adopted two boys, one in 1946 and one in 1948. In 1956, they moved to Juneau and raised their sons on Basin Road.

She was a gentle and nurturing woman and a self-avowed "Peacenik," her family said. They said she was "a bit to the left of a bleeding-heart liberal."

She worked for the federal government in the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries as a technical editor. When the new laboratory was built, she moved out of her offices at the south end of Franklin Street and into the shiny new building at Auke Bay, where she worked until retirement. When her husband retired, they bought a small cabin on the Lena Loop Road and built a beautiful three-bedroom house, in which they lived for many years. In retirement, they traveled to Europe, China, Australia and many of the states. She walked three miles a day until her health would no longer allow it.

She loved opera, good literature and "The New Yorker" magazine. She had few hobbies, but managed to knit a sweater for almost everyone in her family. She played bridge for many years and formed lifelong relationships with her card-playing friends. She laughed easily and was always able to see and appreciate the good parts of people, her family said.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; brothers, Cecil and Robert Conrad; sister, Dora May; husband, Guy Fleischhauer; and her son, Peter Fleischhauer.

She is survived by her son, Michael Fleischhauer and wife, Mary Diven, of Juneau; granddaughter, Rose Wysocki and husband, Robert, of Juneau; grandsons, Curtis Fleischhauer, of Juneau, Scott Fleischhauer, of Tigard, Ore., David Fleischhauer, of Seattle, Wash.; two great-granddaughters and a great-grandson, of Juneau; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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