Helga Elder passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on January 26, 2019. Helga was born in Neu–Isenburg Germany to her parents William and Susann Wuerz. Her parents have preceded her in death. Helga is survived by her husband Donald Elder of Salida, her brother Willy Wuerz (Rosemary) of Michigan, her three sons Richard Cooper (Patty) of Oakdale, CA.
Michael Cooper (Joni) of Farmington, CA. and Steven Cooper (Lynn) of Livermore, CA. her grandchildren Jessica Cooper of Rohnert Park, CA, Nikki Hamby (Jason) of Oakdale, CA. and Kristy Cooper of Monterey, CA. and great-grandson Dylan Abello of Monterey, CA. brother in law Jon David Elder (Rosalie) of Monterey Park, CA. sister in laws Patricia Boncorti of Connecticut and Denise Peterson (John) of Florida. Step sons Jimmy Elder (Janet) of New Orleans and John Elder of New Orleans.
Helga was truly a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Her greatest joy was raising her sons, at which she did an amazing job. She cooked fabulous German dishes (her specialty being hernchen pastries), loved decorating, shopping, traveling and her time at the casino. She will be missed dearly by her many friends and family.
A Recitation of the Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 8 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4212 Dale Road, in Modesto.
Remembrances in Honor of Helga Elder to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.