Helen L. (Copenhaver) Fetzer
Business owner and club member
HAINES CITY, Fla. Helen L (Copenhaver) Fetzer, 94 of Haines City, Fla., formerly of Clarion, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2021.
Born on May 1, 1926, in Armstrong County, she was the daughter of Jesse C. Copenhaver and Pearl (Troop) Copenhaver.
Helen married William King Fetzer Jr. on February 2, 1945. He preceded her in death on October 26, 1974. During their 29 years of marriage, they owned and managed many rental properties around the Clarion area. They also belonged to a group that competed in state-wide folk dancing competitions at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show. They owned and operated a Western square dancing apparel shop in Clarion.
Several years after her husband passed away, Helen was reunited with Jack Mateer. They spent 34 years together until his passing in 2010. Music continued to be a part of her life as Jack played and sang bluegrass and gospel music with different groups, both locally and in Florida.
Helen was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clarion. She was also a member of the Joppa Shrine No. 48 as well as a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her son, William K Fetzer, III on March 11, 2019; a granddaughter, Jill Suzanne Fetzer on March 4, 2020; brothers, Jesse R. Copenhaver and Edward C. Copenhaver; and sisters, Ethel (Copenhaver) Rupp and Jane (Copenhaver) Taylor.
Helen is survived by daughter-in-law, Elise Fetzer of Clarion; granddaughters, Jamie Fetzer of Clarion and Jocelyn (Fetzer) Judah and husband, Billy Judah of Chesapeake, Va.; great-grandchildren, Peyton and Trey Judah of Chesapeake Va.; sister, Velma Oliver of Shippenville and a loving group of nieces and nephews.
Also surviving Helen are Jacks daughters; Joan (Mateer) Gerber and husband, Montie of Forrest, Ill.; Judy (Mateer) Zingara and husband, Ron of New Castle and their families.
Helen loved living at West View Ridge Resort and wanted to be there. The family is forever grateful to Sunshine Home Companion Care for helping to make that desire possible during her last year. The family would like to express many thanks to Cornerstone Hospice who compassionately cared for her during her last weeks.
A memorial service will be held in Clarion at a future date. Arrangements are being managed by Goble Funeral Home in Clarion.