CUYAHOGA FALLS - Helen Hanson Kirk, 88, passed away November 9, 2020. She was born November 7, 1932 to the late Almond and Alice Hanson. Helen grew up in Geneva Ohio, graduating from Geneva High School in 1950.
She earned her undergraduate, 1954, Masters and PHD, 1957, degrees in Education from Kent State. While at Kent Helen was a member of the Kent State Twin Marching Band playing the saxophone. Helen was proud to be a graduate of Kent & always remained loyal to her University.
On December 22, she married George B. Kirk, she and George enjoyed 65 years of marriage all of it spent living in Cuyahoga Falls.
Upon graduation Helen began a 34 year career as an Elementary School teacher. While the majority of these years were spent in the Akron Public Schools she also spent time teaching at Maple Heights, Silver Lake & Old Trail School.
After her retirement in 1988 Helen enjoyed extensive travel throughout the United States & abroad. In the late 90's Helen & George were able to enjoy winters at their condo in Bokeelia Florida.
Helen was predeceased by her parents, Almond & Alice Hanson. She is survived by her husband, George B. Kirk Jr. of Cuyahoga Falls; sister, Jean Mess of Winter Haven Florida; children, Nancy Yeager (Jeff Pifer), Richard Kirk (Donelle), Alan Kirk (Tracey) all of Cuyahoga Falls; grandchildren, Aaron Yeager, Sarah Yeager, Boyd Kirk, Marissa Kirk and Natalie Kirk.
The family wishes to thank the Nurses and Aides from Summa Hospice for their care over the past 6 months. Special thanks to Lindsay Gatsios who has been helping care for Helen for several years & has become a cherished member of the family.
Graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Memorial fund in Helen's name at First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls.
Arrangements entrusted to Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home and Crematory, 330-928-2147.