Helen Marie Kretzer 88 of Shelbyville, IL, formerly of Beecher City, IL, passed away at 11:09 AM on Thursday Jan. 20, 2011in Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville.

Helen was born May 22, 1922 in Beecher City, IL the only child of Rev. Adolf and Irene Cogswell Kretzer.

She was a member of the Greenland Baptist Church near Beecher City.

She began working at the FirstState Bank of Beecher City in 1939 and was an assistant cashier for more than fifteen years.[Her Father was cashier at the bankbefore her]She was elected to the Board of Directors in 1963.

Helen enjoyed sewing, knitting, watching television and her pets.

Helen is survived by a cousins Nancy Robinson and husband Fred of Dunn, NC and Martha Pruden of Salem, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents and many great friends including Nancy Barker of Shelbyville, IL.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday Jan. 26, 2011 in Beecher City Cemetery, Beecher City.Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until time of the graveside on Wednesday at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Beecher City.Memorials: Greenland Baptist Church, Shelby County Humane Society or Saving Orphaned Animals.