Helen Aletha Cronemeyer Williams, 91, died on April 14, 2012 in Wichita, after a short illness. Helen was born in Chanute on Sept. 6, 1920. She graduated from Chanute High School in 1938. She pursued her love of music, graduating from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s of Music Education in 1942. She went on to study at Union Theological Seminary in New York receiving a Master’s of Sacred Music Degree in 1948. Helen served in the WAVES as a Recreation Specialist and Barracks supervisor from 1944-1946. During her career, she held several positions leading church choirs and taught music both private and publicly.
In 1963 she returned to Kansas to teach private piano and organ lessons before going to work for KC YWCA. In 1971, she took a position at Ft. Leonard Wood as director of the Post Music Center. Later she served as a counselor in the area of Drug and Alcohol abuse for the U.S. Army retiring from Civil Service in 1983. In 1983, she married Robert E. Williams and they made their home in Chanute. They moved to Wichita in 1988 where she remained until her death. During their nearly 20 years of marriage, Bob and Helen had a wonderful life and traveled the world. Helen loved life and received pleasure from music activities, gardening, sewing and traveling. She was also involved in many clubs and church related activities.
Helen is preceeded in death by her parents, Theodore and Annette Zook Cronemeyer, a brother George Cronemeyer, sister-in-law Cora Cronemeyer, and husband Robert E Williams. She is survived by one brother, Donald C, Cronemeyer, Greenville, S.C., a stepson, Edward Williams and his wife, Sheryl, Elmira N.Y.’ two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and one special nephew, Tim Cronemeyer of Oklahoma.
A graveside service will take place at Old Mission Mausoleum on Friday, April 20 at 1 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Wichita.
Old Mission Mortuary and Cemetery, 3424 E. 21st St. N., Wichita, KS 67208 in charge.