Obituary of Helen Neidinger
Neidinger, Helen Elizabeth, 98, of Ocean City. Helen never lived a cloudy day. Her life was one of positive service to her community, patients and friends. Her earliest memories were ones over-looking the Allegheny River, naming the passing ships with her brothers, Joe and Paul.
Helen studied nursing and joined the US Army Nurse Corps, as a First Lt during WW II, where she served around the world aboard the hospital ship Charles A Stafford Stanford. She met three young nurses during basic training, serving the entire war duty together, 1941-1945, forging a lifelong bond that lasted throughout their entire lives.
Helen met solider from Philadelphia, when her ship was in port supporting the Northern Africa Campaign and again later in the war, where he was wounded in the invasion of Normandy. At the end of the war, that soldier traveled by train across the country to meet Helen's ship in Long Beach, California. Determined to never leave her again, Joseph Neidinger proposed and they were married, in uniform, onboard the hospital ship on which she served, by the ship's captain; surrounded by her bridesmaids- her loyal nursing buddies.
Helen dedicated her entire life in service to others. Over the many years, Helen nursed in various hospitals including teaching, geriatric, children's, and home-health nursing, working into her early 80's. She loved nursing, helping people, gardening, flower arranging, bird watching, and rejoiced in the morning sunrises over the ocean and spectacular sunsets over the bay, with her grandchildren or faithful dogs, in Ocean City. Over the years Helen won many blue ribbons, awards and accolades both in her hobbies and her career. Her love and dedication to nursing was shared by her daughter Sue, who, across the country, was awarded the employee of the year in 1997, the same year that Helen was awarded Cape May County's employee of the year!
All holidays were spent in Ocean City surrounded by family. As soon as the family feast was finished, Helen immediately would portion out the meal into individual dinners, complete with her prize winning fruit pie, for delivery to her shut-in patients. As always, using this discrete activity as a teaching opportunity for her children, and later her grandchildren, not only by dinner delivery and visitation but by demonstrating dedication to those in need as a priority. Helen abided by the words with which she ended every daily prayer; "keep us ever mindful of the needs of others."
Helen was a longtime active member of Saint Peter's United Methodist Church in Ocean City and a dedicated disciple to the power of positive thinking. She and her late husband Joseph had celebrated nearly 64 years of marriage. Helen was preceded in death by her dedicated husband Joseph, beloved daughter Suzanne, her two brothers, and her army nurse friends. Helen is survived by her devoted son Joseph (Randy), her loving daughter Nancy, proud grandchildren Megan (David), Kelly (Adam), Kristy, Charles (Maggie) and Katie (Tim), as well as eleven great-grandchildren.
Celebration of Helen's life will take place in a memorial service at Saint Peter's United Methodist Church in Ocean City, on Sunday, March 4th 12:30 PM. Helen's body will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, to rest in peace with her love, Major Joseph Neidinger.