Helen Louise Menkel


Helen Louise Menkel, age 97, of Yorba Linda, Calif.,, formerly of Palos Verdes,Calif., and originally from Scio, Ohio passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Born Oct. 30, 1920 in Scio, she was the youngest daughter of Elmer and Mae Menkel.  Helen graduated from Scio High School in 1938 and then Ohio State in 1944   with a degree in Education.  She was the beloved sister of Mary Menkel (Arter) and Louis Menkel.  Helen was a member of the Presbyterian Church since 1932 and was until her death. At the time of her passing Helen was the oldest living member of the congregation.

She is survived by her nephews Bill Arter and Louis Menkel, her nieces Beth (Arter) Bodkin  and Cindy Brown and many great nieces, and nephews, and even great great great nieces and nephews. Also a second cousin, Linda Lee Laughlin of Scio.

Helen settled in California and had a long career in the Aerospace Industry. She lived by the ocean and also had a cabin in the mountains. She loved to travel, was a skilled tournament bridge player, played tennis, and loved genealogy.  Once retired, she conducted tours at the local courthouse for visiting school children, and traveled extensively.

Later in life Helen sufferered from Alzheimer’s but remained a very happy positive person throughout. She was much loved by all her friends and the care givers at her home because of her intelligence and sense of humor.

A memorial service is being planned in the spring. Koch Funeral has been entrusted with her arrangements.



  1. Joe mcginnis

    So sorry to here about Ms. Menkel. It sounds like she had a full life. I believe iam related to her I to was from Scio ohio. My father was Joe McGinnis and his father was Bryan McGinnis. And I believe that Helen would have been Bryans sisters daughter??? Which would have been Bryans neice. I have some pictures and one with a young fellow on a go cart that dad said it was his cousin Billy from California. Don’t know a lot about dads relatives but I know that his dad had twin brothers Willis and Mcquien I believe? Let me know when you are all coming back for the furneral. I would love to meet you all. I live in Louisville ohio. It is just about 45min from Scio. Hope to hear back from you. My ph. No. Is 1-330-875-3307 Joseph Allen McGinnis.


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