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BLOOMINGTON - Nancy Mae Helbling, 63, of 1309 Windham Hills Road, Bloomington, died Saturday (Feb. 11, 2006) at ManorCare Health Services, Normal.Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington, with a brief service at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Dan Jasman will officiate with special blessings offered by members of Nancy's family. Interment will take place at Hill Crest Cemetery, Louisa, Va., at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Kidney Foundation.

Nancy was born July 17, 1942, in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of Solomon Schnoll and Sylvia Schnoll. She married John Helbling on Aug. 27, 1966. He survives.

Nancy is also survived by her mother, Sylvia Schnoll; her one son, Howard (Laura) Helbling, and her long-awaited grandson, Nathan Howard Hebling, born Dec. 15, 2005; three sisters and one brother. She was preceded by her father, Solomon Scholl.

Nancy spent most of her adult life as a military wife, traveling with John to various duty stations across the United States and "setting up shop" while John was on active duty in the Navy. She shared her joy for life and concern for others as a Navy ombudsman for other military wives. In this capacity, she was awarded many prestigious awards over the course of John's military career.

Always one to look for ways to help others, Nancy helped to organize a support group for other diabetics undergoing dialysis. She was an exceptional woman, generous in nature, who touched the lives of everyone she met. Nancy will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The family would like to thank Nancy's dialysis support group, her outstanding nursing staff at Midwest Kidney and all their wonderful friends.

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