Helen Brokaw 1926-2020

Helen Ruth Vliet Brokaw, 93, Holton, formerly of Canton, Pa., died Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at Medicalodges Jackson County.

She was born Dec. 26, 1926, in Lamington, N.J., the daughter of Fred and Dorothy Timmerman Vliet. She graduated in 1944 from Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington, N.J.

Mrs. Brokaw worked for Canton Manufacturing in Canton, Pa. She also worked as a secretary/administrative assistant at several companies.

She was a member of Canton VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 714, Canton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 303, North Pennsylvania Horse Club Association, Trail Dusters Saddle Club, Garden State Dairy Goat Association, N.J., and many 4-H activities. She was also active with the Canton Senior Citizens Club, volunteering for Meals on Wheels of NE Bradford. She was a member of The Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton, Pa.

 She married Theodore “Ted” H. Brokaw on June 14, 1947, in Readington, N.J. He died Sept. 29, 2009, in Troy, Pa. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Dorothy Vliet; three sisters, Dorothy Hageman, Evelyn Hardenburg and Rose Vliet; a brother, William Vliet; two sons-in law, Steven Sheeley and James Pulley; and a great-grandson, Charles Suitt Jr.

Survivors include a son, Harry Brokaw and wife Barb, Canton, Pa.; five daughters, Melinda Pulley and husband Bill DeWolf, Colonial Heights, Va., Sharon Evans and husband Lynn, Odessa, N.Y., Barbara Mills and husband Bill, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Judy Morris and husband Harold, Holton, and Kathleen Reamer and husband David, Holton; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at the LeRoy Cemetery in LeRoy, Pa. Mercer Funeral Home in Holton is assisting the family with local arrangements. Morse-Kleese Funeral Home in Canton, Pa. is assisting with viewing and funeral services. There will be a private family viewing at 1 p.m. Saturday at Morse-Kleese Funeral Home in Canton, Pa. followed by the graveside service at the LeRoy Cemetery, LeRoy, Pa.

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