Helen I Sanford

July 13, 1921 - July 29, 2013
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Loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and Friend

Helen I. Sanford, 92, of Belvidere, died Monday, July 29, 2013 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center surrounded by her family. Born July 13, 1921 in Cisne, IL; daughter of Harry and Nellie (Block) Stine. Married Frank Redician on July 5, 1956 in Fairfield, he died in 1974. Worked for St. Joseph Hospital in central supply for 20 years. Helen was the most wonderful, unselfish mother anyone could have, she was a very classy and dignified lady. She loved helping make her great-granddaughter’s Halloween costumes. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at OSF St. Anthony, especially to Nurse Christy for their compassionate care. She is survived by her beloved daughters Karla (Kenneth) Culvey-Sheahan of Rockford, Cindy (Bob) Culvey-Morgan of Apache Junction, AZ, Cheryl (Jim) Culvey-Fassett of Garden Prairie, and Sandra (Charles “Tom”) Culvey-Meyers of Belvidere; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; sister Hazel Reel of Cisne; sister-in-law Marjorie Pennwarden, Mickey Billman; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, husband Frank, daughter Donna LaBuy, granddaughter Laura Rednor, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters, and a sister-in-law.

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Funeral service 11 AM, Friday, August 2, 2013 in Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, with Rev. Dean Parker, chaplain for OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, officiating. Burial in Highland Garden of Memories. Visitation 5 to 7 PM, Thursday, August 1, 2013 in the funeral home.


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Born: July 13, 1921
Died: July 29, 2013

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Beth Brohaugh posted on 7/30/13

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I didn't know Helen, but I knew Cindy, Nicole & Harley. She must have been a great lady because these ladies are just wonderful people.


Loretta Bates posted on 8/1/13

Thinking of You girls at A sad time. your Mom was A Great Lady indeed! cherish all your Many Memories...


Bob and Marilyn Blake posted on 7/30/13

Dear Sandy, Cheryl, Cindy and Karla and families,, I am so sorry for your loss of Aunt Helen. She was such a sweet aunt. I know how hard it is to let our Mom's go so you will all be in our thoughts and prayers.


Judy Johnson - Heritage Woods posted on 7/30/13

Dear: Sandra,Cheryl,Cindy,Karla, & the rest of the family. I am so very very sorry for your loss. I am so glad I had the privilege of knowing your wonderful mother. She was one of the most wonderful people I have ever met. She was so cute, adorable and fun to be around. I loved having meals with her here at Heritage Woods everyday. I just know she is up there looking down on Frank & I at meals. I don' t know who to give my desserts to now. Helen was a very very special person. I just know God, sure chose a SPECIAL ANGEL this time around. So happy she had such a Great Birthday Party a couple of weeks ago. She so deserved that one. RIP, my dear friend Helen. Love You Judy Johnson - Heritage Woods of Rockford, Illinois.