Helen L. ( Lulich) Stohl, 95, of Cleveland, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Unitypoint-Trinity Hospital, Bettendorf, Iowa. A Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colona. Visitation is from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Schroder Mortuary in Colona, with a rosary at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be at Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona. In lieu of flowers, Masses or memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, a charity of one's choice or by an act of kindness in memory of Helen.
Helen was born May 25, 1922, in Silvis, the daughter of Thomas and Helen (Baricevich) Lulich. She graduated from United Township High School. Helen married Wayne Stohl on November 7, 1942, at St. Anne Catholic Church in East Moline. Helen was a devout Catholic and deeply loved her family. She and her husband, Wayne, were married for 71 years and raised 11 children. Helen was a homemaker and worked as the bookkeeper for the business her husband founded, Wayne Stohl & Sons Plastering Co. After her husband passed on July 13, 2014, she declared she was now the boss. When she was young, she learned from her mother how to make homemade bread and apple strudel from family recipes passed down from her grandmother. She always made sure that she made a hot, healthy breakfast for her family every morning. She loved music, flowers, and always loved a party and getting together with family. She stayed active and had endless energy taking care of her family. She resided in her home until just recently. Helen always spoke her mind and encouraged her children to do the same. She was a strong and tenacious woman in a time before it was acceptable. She was proud of her sons but also let her daughters know that they could do anything that a man could do. Helen was devoted to her family and provided unconditional love to her children no matter what choices they made or path they chose. Helen and Wayne never shunned from hard work and always taught their children how to work hard so they could succeed in life.
Survivors include 11 children, Mary Pellizzari of Champaign, IL, Sharon of Berkeley, IL, Barbara (David) Baker of Springfield, Mo., Louise (Ronald) Cover of Blue Grass, IA, Nadine (Jerry) Palmgren of Geneseo, IL, Steven (Jan) of Colona, IL, Anthony (Jenny) of Blue Grass, IA, Michael of Colona, IL, Julie (William) Houseman of Addison,Texas, Joan of Chicago, IL, and Tracey; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters, five brothers, and her son-in-law, William Pellizzari. The family wishes to thank all who loved and provided care for Helen before her death.