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Helen Marie Kolodey passed away May 31, 2014.  
Born in Avery, Texas, Oct. 28, 1941, Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Delvous Monroe (DM) Gable and Maudie Helen (Jones) Gable, sisters Alta and Dorothy Gable and brothers Jim and Jerry Gable.
She is survived by her husband, Fred Kolodey; her son, John Anthony (Tony) Brutsché; daughters Stephanie Brutsché, Staci Stager, Trecia Dilger, and Michele Winn;  sisters Maxine Pagitt and Edith Burckhardt; and eight wonderful grandchildren.
After graduating from Avery High School in 1960, Helen moved to Fort Worth to work and continue her education. With assistance from a partial scholarship from First United Methodist Church, she worked her way through Texas Wesleyan College, graduating in 1982 with a bachelor of business administration degree.
In 1983 she began her career with Alcon Laboratories in Fort Worth as a customer service supervisor, later advancing to department trainer and then training manager.
Her expertise in training was highly regarded across the company, and she traveled to Alcon facilities throughout the U.S. and to Beijing, China, and Istanbul, Turkey, where she trained sales, marketing, and customer service professionals from numerous Asian and European countries.
She retired to her home in Heath, Texas, in 2007.
Helen enjoyed classical music, reading, history and the beauty of nature. With Fred, she traveled extensively to national parks and historical sites in the U.S. and Canada and to many historic and scenic venues in more than 24 countries around the world. From her childhood on a small tomato farm near Avery, Helen worked hard, achieved much, loved her family and lived life on her terms. She is loved by her family and friends and will be missed, but never forgotten.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., June 2, at Rest Haven Funeral Home, 2500 State Highway 66 East, Rockwall, Texas 75087.
A memorial service was held at Rest Haven on June 3 at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and The National Kidney Foundation.
Online condolences may be made at www.resthavenfuneral.com and www.heraldbanner.com.
Published on  June 5, 2014
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