Helen Joan Wallin Shumway
Birth: Feb. 19, 1926
Death: Apr. 12, 2004
Helen J. Shumway, 78, of Batavia, died Monday, April 12, 2004 at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva. Sometimes a bumper sticker really does say it all. The one on her car read, "Women make great leaders. You are following one." She supported her children and grandchildren, her political beliefs, and her church with her actions as well as her words. Anything Mrs. Shumway did, she did with the full force of her considerable personality, energy, and talents. If she joined a club or group, she inevitably became the Women's Club president, Girl Scout leader, or Holy Cross Christmas Bazaar director. As a dedicated Republican, she began her volunteer work in local politics as a Republican precinct committee person, advancing to Batavia Township Republican chairperson. During that time, she attended the Kane County Republican Convention where Dennis Hastert was selected to run for congressman.
She was born in Hoardville [sic, recte Hordville], Neb. on Feb. 19, 1926. Raised on an original family homestead, she learned as a youngster to drive a tractor, shoot a gun, and do all the other things her brothers were doing. The family moved to Illinois during the Great Depression. She graduated from Batavia High School in 1943 and married Melvin M. Hann, also of Batavia, Feb. 26, 1946. The couple had three daughters, Beth, Barbara, and Mary. Melvin Hann died in 1968 in Ottawa.
On July 11, 1970, she married a high school classmate, John R. Shumway, who had lost his wife, Mary, in a tragic car accident. Mrs. Shumway and John's "Brady Bunch" wedding featured three priests at the altar and nine children, ranging in age from 18 months to 22 years old. After marrying John, Mrs. Shumway took up flying and snow skiing. In their later years, the couple spent every February in Kauai, roaming up and down dirt can roads. As owners of C.W. Shumway and Sons Foundry in Batavia, they traveled to conventions and to reunions of John's Naval Air Group 87. Lately, emphysema limited her activities, but she enjoyed many family reunions and fishing tournaments.
Mrs. Shumway died Monday, April 12, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva of respiratory failure. She is survived by John R. Shumway, her husband of 34 years; four sons, John Jr. of Batavia, Bruce of Cable, Wis., Paul (D'Ette) of Elburn, and William of Hayward, Wis.; and five daughters, Beth (Roger) Stafford of Mequon Wis., Barb (Carl) Sniffen of Grants Pass, Ore., Mary (Cliff) Remiyac of Grants Pass, Ore., Stephanie (Bob) Wilder of Baxter, Minn., and Susan (Sam) Harrod of South Elgin. She has 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; a sister, Janet (Richard) Johnson; and a brother, Richard (Mary Ann) Wallin. Mrs. Shumway was preceded in death by her father, Sture Wallin, and mother, Sarah Peterson Wallin; her brother, Robert Wallin; her first husband, Melvin M. Hann; and her daughter-in-law, Lynn Shumway.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at Moss Family Funeral Home, Batavia. Church visitation will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 16, at Holy Cross Church with the celebration of a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Geneva. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association.
[Published in The Kane County (IL) Chronicle, Wednesday, April 14, 2004]
Sture Nils Wallin (1892 - 1979)
Sara Elizabeth Peterson Wallin (1894 - 1986)
John Robert Shumway (1925 - 2005)*
Plot: Section A, Lot 76
Created by: DESchuett
Record added: Jul 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93705936