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Clifford Eugene Helfrich

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Clifford E. Helfrich Sr., 75, of Highland Park, IL, formerly of Belleville, IL, born March 24, 1938, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2013.

A graduate of Cathedral High School and the University of Illinois, he formerly was employed by Gardner Advertising and D'Arcy Advertising in St. Louis, MO. Clifford was a natural athlete who enjoyed all sports and a talented artist who took pleasure in painting. He was fond of classical music and jazz.

He was preceded in death by a son, John William Helfrich; his parents William and Hilda (nee Neff) Helfrich; three brothers, Paul Helfrich, Reverend Emil Helfrich, O.M.I., and Robert Helfrich; his sister, Leona Helfrich; and a dear nephew, Kevin Fraser.

Surviving are his children, Clifford E. Helfrich Jr. of Pasadena, CA and Susan Helfrich of Chicago, IL; two sisters, Amy Fraser and Carol (Dorsey "Bud") Tilley;
a sister-in-law, Dorothy Helfrich; and the mother of his children, Carol Lesko. Also surviving are beloved nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 23057, Belleville, IL 62223, or to the Wounded Warriors (

Visitation: Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Memorial Mass will be offered Monday, June 17, 11am, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville. Fr. James Thomas officiating. Inurnment to follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or