In Memory

Helen T Kobek (Toth) - Class Of 1942

Washington 1942 Helen T (Kobek) Toth

Feb. 20, 1924 - Dec. 31, 2016


SOUTH BEND - Helen T. Toth, 92, residing in South Bend, passed away peacefully at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka. She was born February 20, 1924 in South Bend, a daughter of Michael & Helen Kobek, and has remained a lifelong resident of this community.

She graduated from Washington High School, and received her bachelor's degree in education from Indiana University of South Bend. She was employed as a teacher with the South Bend Community School Corp., primarily working at Monroe Elementary School. She was a longtime member of the Cathedral of St. Matthew, was a member of Christ Child Society, and enjoyed ushering at the Morris Performing Art Center. She served as first President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus. Helen enjoyed gardening, exercising and friendships at Fitness USA and Memorial Health & Lifestyle Center for more than 40 years. She especially has treasured the many happy summers with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at her home at Birch Lake since 1959.

On January 23, 1943 in South Bend, as Helen Kobek, she was united in marriage to Dr. Joseph A. Toth. Together, they enjoyed 64 years of marriage until his passing on October 4, 2007. She was also preceded by a son, Joseph Michael Toth on October 19, 2006, a granddaughter, Kathleen Syson, along with seven sisters and brothers.

Helen's surviving family includes five daughters, Helen (Bill) Moore of Columbus, OH, Karen (Mark) Evans of Portland, OR, Terry (David) Carroll of South Bend, IN, Ann (Charles) Kesmodel of Noblesville, IN and Dr. Paula (Michael) Toth-Russell of South Bend, IN; and two sons, John (Carol) Toth of Indianapolis, IN; and Greg Toth of South Bend, IN. Also surviving are eighteen grandchildren, and twenty-four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1701 Miami St., South Bend. Burial will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The family will receive friends from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, at the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 South Michigan Street, South Bend, where a parish Rosary will be said at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Expressions of sympathy on behalf of Mrs. Toth may be offered to the Bishop Crowley Educational Fund at St. Matthew's. Online condolences to the family may be sent at

Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 2, 2017

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