Helen M. Wandling, 74, Greensburg, formerly of New Point, died Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital, Indianapolis.
She was the adopted daughter of Hilda (Amberger) and Lester Barnhorst. She worked as a waitress for 30 years, also drove for Rush Delivery for several years and retired from CVS Pharmacy as a cashier after 13 years.
Helen loved having family around and was usually the life of the party, according to her family. An avid bingo player, she was equally fond of playing cards and was a member of the Canasta Club at the Greensburg Senior Center. Other interests included playing the piano, singing and going dancing. If the Belairs were playing anywhere in the area, she was in attendance. She was a league bowler for many years, went Thursday nights with friends out to dinner and then a movie, liked watching "detective shows," as she called them, especially "Law & Order," and was a fan of video games with Tetris among her favorites. Helen enjoyed going out to eat, which her family teased was a good thing. Apparently her cooking skills didn't have anybody beating her door down at suppertime.
She is survived by daughters and son-in-laws Deb and Luke Prickel, Batesville, Marla and Mark Burgess, Princeton, and Jen and Brian Jenkins, Brookville; sons and daughter-in-laws John and Kathy Peterson and Donnie and Rita Heldman, Indianapolis, and Bob and Anna Peterson, Paul and Mary Peterson and Jimmy and Brenda Peterson, New Point; sister Barbara Ralsten, Quail Creek, Arizona; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In recent years she was able to reconnect with her birth brother Frank Rumple, Sullivan, and sisters Elizabeth "Betty" Kennedy, Shirley Baker and Cathy Hayes, Indianapolis. Her husband Ben Hardin also survives.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by husbands James Peterson and Eugene Wandling.
Visitation is Friday, July 15, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. R.T. Stringer officiating. Burial is in the Rossburg Cemetery, New Point. Memorials may be made to the family.
Published on July 13, 2016