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On April 29, 2003, Helen Rupert, 87, died peacefully of natural causes, after a long battle with declining health.

Helen was born in NuMine, Pa., in 1915, completed high school then went directly into nurse's training in Pittsburgh. She married Gene Rupert of Kittanning, Pa., in 1940, and after Gene's discharge from the Army in 1945, they relocated to Cody, Wyo., where they lived for most of their lives except for a few years in Thermopolis, Wyo.

Helen's career as a registered nurse was very important in defining her as a person and she worked regularly until retirement. For years, she was a highly sought after private duty nurse in a bygone age where nursing was defined by compassion and personal care.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband Gene in 1983; and her brothers, Ben and Guido Oddi. She is survived by her sons, Keith Rupert (Nancy), Billings, and Jerry Rupert (Helen), Houston, Texas; and her brother, Victor Oddi; by her grandchildren, Randy Rupert (Coryll), Portland, Ore., Katie Ruff (Chris), Seattle, Brandy Jacobson (Ty), Las Vegas, Bree Garcia (Brett), Houston, Scott Rupert, Billings, Kelly Rupert, Billings; and by her great-grandchild Abigail Ruff, Seattle.

Helen will be remembered by her family for her caregiving, direct talk, wry sense of humor, and brave battle to remain self reliant as her health failed.

Graveside service 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, Riverside Cemetery, Cody. Memorial service 1 p.m. Saturday, Cody United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be sent to Saint Vincent Healthcare Foundation, General Nurse Education Fund, PO Box 35200, Billings, MT 59107 or Cody United Methodist Church, Cody, WY 82414.

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