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Obituary for Helen Dorothy Schaning (Schaning)

Helen Schaning passed away on November 30, 2022, at Palmer House in West Allis, following long-term COPD and osteoporosis. Helen was born July 15, 1936, in West Allis, the fourth of six children. The original name on her birth certificate was Barbara Mae, which her mother legally changed to Helen Schaning within days. Affectionately known as Goggins and Honey to her family, Helen attended Mercy High School and used to stay on the streetcar for an extra stop to meet her boyfriend at Don Bosco High School. After Helen’s two older sisters tried life in California in the late 1950s, Helen caught the same spirit of adventure and moved to Denver in the early 1960s, where she lived for nearly twenty years. She graduated magna cum laude from Metropolitan State College in Denver with a bachelor’s degree on May 22, 1977, followed by a master’s degree from the University of Denver on March 10, 1979, and a certificate of clinical competency in speech and language pathology on August 1, 1980. After completing her education, Helen returned to Milwaukee where she practiced and later evaluated claims for the State of Wisconsin until retirement. In Denver and Milwaukee, Helen gathered a network of close friends (in family parlance, “fiends”) with whom she stayed connected over the decades. In later life, Helen cared for her oldest sister, a nephew, and a younger brother through their cancer diagnoses. She also took up tap dancing and yoga, and was an avid reader and devotee of Masterpiece Theater and Masterpiece Mystery. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Helen Schaning, brothers Norman and Daniel Schaning, sisters Mary Remmel and Ruth Coerver, and nephew Donald Remmel. She is survived by her four nieces and her many “fiends.” We remember her fondly as a font of family lore, keeper of the memories, and a no-nonsense lady with no fear.