Helen Kaeding Fry, 96 of Shirland, Illinois, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family at 11:22 a.m, Saturday, January 3, 2015.\r\r\n\r\r\n Helen Marie Myers, born January 26, 1918, at home in Byron Township, to Ora and Minnie (Betz) Myers, was raised on a farm with her 5 siblings. At 16, she graduated from high school at Leaf River school. In 1941, at age 20, she graduated Nurses Training as a Registered Nurse from Freeport Deaconess Hospital where she worked for a year as Assistant Night Supervisor. In 1942, she went to work as a nurse at Woodward Governor. There, she would meet her first husband, Raymond Kaeding. After meeting again on a blind date, they were married 3 months later on July 1, 1944. The day WWII ended, her boss sent her to work for the Polio Foundation. She worked there for 2 years during the polio epidemic, until she became pregnant with her first son. The last 6 months of her pregnancy, she worked at National Lock. On March 1, 1947, Ray and Helen moved to their farm on Yale Bridge Rd, where she stayed home and raised their 5 sons. During that time, she was very active at the Shirland United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday School superintendant for many years. After taking a refresher course at the College of St. Francis and receiving a certificate in rehab, she worked at Medina Nursing Home in Durand for 2 ½ years, eventually becoming the Director of Nurses. After attending Rockford School of Nursing from 1972-74, she worked as a school nurse at Rockton Grade School from 1974-83. Following her employment at Rockton Grade School, Helen worked as a private duty “Terminal Home Care” nurse. In 1989 she became a school nurse at Dolan Education Center and worked there until 1994. In November of 1991, she lost her first husband, Ray. A few years later, she was reacquainted with Paul Fry at a class reunion. They were married in December of 1994 and he passed away in March of 2003. She also lost her youngest son, Bruce, in March of 2006. At one time she was an active member of First Congregational Church of Roscoe where she went through adult confirmation and was baptized by immersion on August 15, 2010 under Reverend James Jupin. She was also a member of the Country Cuties Red Hat Club, enjoyed traveling and trips to the Fireside Theatre, and keeping in close contact with her many friends through telephone, cards, and notes. Helen was passionate about her nursing career and was proud of her nephew, Mark, and of her granddaughter, Lydia, whom she pinned when she received her nursing degree, for carrying on her nursing legacy. \r\r\n\r\r\n Survivors include sons, Dale (Barb) Kaeding, Dan (Cindy) Kaeding, Gene (Beth) Kaeding and Gary ( Mary Ann) Kaeding; grandchildren, Chris (Gina) Kaeding, Rachel Medearis, Becky (Greg) Edwards, Lyndzie Kaeding, Courtney (Brian) Martin, Laura (Joe) Lanza, Lydia (Arthur) Combs, Nora Kaeding , Sacha Kaeding, Rachel Bonacquisti, Lonnie Weberg and Lori Johnson; several great grandchildren; sister, Georgia Studebaker; several nieces and nephews, including Karen, Margie, Mark, Arthur, Barbara, and Mary; and several step children and step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son Bruce, four siblings, niece Holly, and nephew David.\r\r\n\r\r\n Memorial ceremonies will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015 in Shirland United Methodist Church, 8030 North Street, Shirland, Illinois with Pastor Dave Bailey officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. A visitation will be held at McCorkle Funeral Home-Rockton Chapel, 767 N Blackhawk Blvd, Rockton, Illinois from 5:00 -7:00 p.m., Friday, January 16.\r\r\n\r\r\n In lieu of flowers, a nursing scholarship memorial will be established.