Voerster nee Landrum, Helen Eva

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Time: 2:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

United Methodist Cemetery, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the American Cancer Society


Helen Eva Voerster of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Washington, MO, on February 17, 2019, having reached the age of ninety-two years, one month and two days. Helen was born in St. Clair on January 15, 1927, daughter of Emery Jennings Landrum, known to all as Muck, and Maude Blanche Landrum nee Manion. As a young woman she was united in marriage and blessed to have one son. In later years, she shared life with John Lloyd Pinnell, known to all as Lloyd, and she grew to love his family, the Sullivans and Carters, and their children.

Helen is survived by her son, Mark Brocato and fiancée, Debbie Wells, of St. Clair, MO; by her granddaughter, Courtney Calvin and husband, Steve, of St. Clair; by many cousins and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Muck and Maude Landrum, and by her companion, Lloyd Pinnell.

Helen was a Christian and member of the First Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. She grew up in St. Clair, attending St. Clair public schools. She furthered her education at Cape Girardeau and Fayette. After leaving college she took her first teaching job at Bruch Creek School. Part of her job was keeping the wood stove burning in the one room school. In rainy seasons she often would have to evacuate the school before Brush Creek would rise and trap her and the kids at school, so after one year her Dad made her resign. She then began her career asw a substitute teacher and continued to work until she was eighty-six years old. She always felt proud to have people tell her that they had her as a teacher.

Helen enjoyed many interests during her life but especially enjoyed spending time with her best friend, Gloria Williams, shopping and eating at Lewis' Cafe and having long phone conversations. The happiest day in Helen's life was when her granddaughter, Courtney, was born and much of her life centered around whatever Courtney was doing. She was a kind and caring person, enjoying the friendship of her neighbors, especially the Sullivans and the Hoffmans. She was dedicated to caring for her Dad, especially during the last years of his life. She was an avid Cardinals baseball fan and rarely missed a game. She also enjoyed gardening and reading.

A wonderful and loving mother, grandmother, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Dick Hinson officiating. Interment was in the United Methodist Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.