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Steve Helwig Memorial Singing, Healdsburg

Felta Schoolhouse, Healdsburg, California

Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Steve Helwig Memorial Singing was held at the Felta Schoolhouse, Healdsburg, California, on the first Sunday in February. The class was called to order by Mary Ann Ciavonne and Lindy Groening leading 39t. Linda Selph offered the opening prayer. Pat Coghlan shared memories of traveling with Steve, and led 351.

Leaders: Leah Coffin 108b; David Fetcho 131t; Linda Selph 172; Jack Ziegler 569b; Cornelia Stanton 143; Gillian Inksetter 543; Thom Fahrbach 528; Stephanie Fida 122; Clarissa Fetrow 550; Rebecca Edwards 245; Jerry Schreiber 260; Kate Coxon 564 (for Bob Schinske); Betsy Jeronen 499. Linda Selph offered the blessing before the meal.


Thom Fahrbach led 312b to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Erika Wilson 146; Inder Khalsa 440; Marie Brandis 352; Susan Fetcho 208; Dave Barber 456; Mary O’Brien 67; Carla Smith 83t; Shelby Sampson 183; Carolyn Deacy 91; Terry Barber 411; David Fetcho 240; Wren Hyde 111b; Leigh Cooper 512; Jack Ziegler 294; Leah Coffin 397; Rebecca Edwards 430; Linda Selph 384; Mary Ann Ciavonne 196. Lindy Groening led “Our Knees Have Often Bent” (a composition by Steve Helwig). Betsy Jeronen shared memories of her friendship with Steve.


Gillian Inksetter and Stephanie Fida led 511t (CB) to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Kate Coxon 195 (CB); Cornelia Stanton 229 (CB); Leigh Cooper and Leon Godfrey 228; Clarissa Fetrow 110 (CB); Jerry Schreiber 478 (CB); Betsy Jeronen 392; Inder Khalsa 485; Marie Brandis 137 (CB); Lindy Groening 505 (CB); Erika Wilson 98 (CB) (for Erik Schwab); Terry Barber 501; Carla Smith 522 (CB); Dave Barber 36b; Susan Fetcho 463 (CB); Wren Hyde 392 (CB); Stephanie Fida 54t (CB); Gillian Inksetter 465 (CB); Pat Coghlan and Kate Coxon 444.

Thom Fahrbach shared his memories of Steve, and expressed the grief felt at his loss, then led 489 (for Steve Cackley). Lindy Groening and Erika Wilson led 62 as the closing song, and the class took the parting hand. Linda Selph dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairperson—Pat Coghlan, Vice Chairperson—Lindy Groening; Secretary—Leah Coffin