Patrick M. Helfer, Jr.

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April 30, 1942 - January 12, 2021
Born in Wheeling, WV
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Patrick M. Helfer, Jr., of Saint Peters, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the age of 78.  Beloved husband of 55 years to Natalie Helfer (nee Winschel), dear father of Shawn (Tracey) Helfer, Sr., Missy (Sean) Rowland, Colleen Althaus, Stefanie Helfer, and Jason (Stephanie) Helfer; loving PaPa of Rachel (Daniel) Malta, Shawn Helfer Jr. (Lauren Hansen), Ericka Helfer (Bruce Boni), Cody (Melissa) Rowland, Kelsey Rowland (Josh Hatcher), Gabrielle Althaus (Dylan Olive), Katie Althaus, Loren Althaus, Garrett Helfer, and Dylan Helfer; Great PaPa of Liam Malta, Selena Malta, Sofia Malta, and Dakota Rowland; dearest brother of Linda (Wayne) Hudson, and father-in-law of Billy Althaus. Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Mae and Patrick M. Helfer, Sr., and his sister, Jean Norris.  He was also a dear uncle and friend.

Pat proudly served in the United States Air Force as a military police officer during the Vietnam War, and he was stationed in Hawaii.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 313.  Upon release from the military, he worked for a short period at Glaser Pharmacy, and he was very appreciative for the opportunity and learning experience he received from Mr. Lipkin.  He then went to work for Consolidated Freightways, and he retired after more than 35 years as a local truck driver.  Upon retiring from CF, Pat worked as a custodian at Hawthorn Elementary in St. Peters, where some of his grandchildren were attending at the time.  He also had a second retirement from the City of St. Peters after 10 years with the street division.

As a true patriot, Pat dedicated himself to serving his country and community.  In his younger years, he was a volunteer firefighter for St. Charles County, and a Sheriff's Reserve Officer for St. Charles County.  Later in retirement, he volunteered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton with the Altar Society to clean the church, where he was a longtime parishioner.  He also volunteered with his wife at Barnes St. Peters Hospital as a eucharistic minister for St. Elizabeth.  On the weekends, he looked forward to serving communion to the residents at Spencer Place Nursing Home.

Pat loved baseball and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, and he never missed watching them on TV, and he enjoyed attending games at the stadium when he could.  He also coached a youth baseball team when he was stationed in Hawaii during his time in the Air Force.  He was a lifetime Elvis Presley fan and had a wide collection of records and memorabilia.  He looked forward to reading the newspaper every morning and working on the puzzles and word finds.  He also loved watching Wheel of Fortune every day and solving the puzzles before the contestants could.  Jeopardy was another favorite of his, and he always joked that he knew all of the answers.

Pat is at peace and at rest, and he will be remembered for his unusual sense of humor that sometimes only he got!  He was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

Memorial contributions may be made in Pat 's name to Five Acres Animal Shelter or ASPCA.

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March 1, 1962

Pat with his friend, John Cunningham

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Guestbook Entries

  1. Kathryn Moll January 14, 2021 at 9:23 am - Reply

    candle 7Our hearts go out to you and the family!
    Thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time of sorrow.
    With many hugs and much love, Kathryn and Stan

  2. Teresa Welch January 14, 2021 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers to you, Natalie and your family. Pat was such a nice person. So glad we got to know each other.

  3. Gary Kasper January 14, 2021 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Please know we are thinking and praying for you during this difficult time. Lynn and I were just talking about the time Pat took us to Queeny Park at Christmas and the snow was falling so pretty. Then there was the Cardinal game setting up by the pigeons. Will miss my friend but we will see him again one day. Gary and Lynn Kasper

  4. Yvonne Moll January 14, 2021 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Aunt Natalie,
    I enjoyed reading about Uncle Patrick. That was a very nice obituary. I want you to know you and your family are in my prayers. Love and hugs,

  5. Joe Pallardy January 15, 2021 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Served as a volunteer firefighter with Pat. He was a good dependable man and a true friend. I pray he is at peace. Condolences to his family

  6. Micki Sondag January 16, 2021 at 11:45 am - Reply

    My sincere condolences to you and your family, Natalie. You and Patrick helped so much with ministry to hospital and nursing home patients. I know God will reward Patrick for his service to others.

  7. ROBERT NAUMANN January 16, 2021 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about Pat’s passing. Condolences to Natalie and the family.
    We enjoyed cleaning church with Pat and Natalie at St.Elizabeth Ann Seton.
    Mary Naumann
    Bob Naumann

  8. Marguerite Ham January 16, 2021 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    candle 8Dear Stefanie,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. May you and your family find peace in your hearts.
    With Deepest Sympathies,
    Marguerite Ham

  9. john January 23, 2021 at 9:37 am - Reply

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Helfer Family especially to Stefanie. May your father’s memories always be in your heart and cherish the memories for renewed strength in the days ahead. God Bless the Helfer Family and friends.

  10. Brad Vickers January 24, 2021 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Dad’s are Special people…,& from reading His obituary your Father was a very Special person dedicated to his Family , Church & Community! From my Family to Yours Our Condolences for Your loss !

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