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Longtime resident Helen Weigel passes away

Former teacher lived in Newhall for 46 years

Posted: April 22, 2009 10:12 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 
Helen Fern Campbell Weigel, a Newhall resident for 46 years, died April 17 at her home after a long battle with multiple myeloma. She was 87.

Weigel is survived by a daughter, Twila Coleen Goodrick of Carpinteria; two granddaughters, Dawn Newton of Van Buren, Ark. and DeAna Grooms of Newhall; one grandson, Dell Ariel Goodrick of Stevenson Ranch; and seven great-grandchildren, Miranda and Arianna Newton, Beau and Blair Goodrick, Lonnie Grooms III and Colton and Dalton Grooms-Floyd.

Weigel was a teacher in the Saugus Unified School District for 20 years. Born Helen Fern Campbell in Big Cabin, Oklahoma, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

“She taught elementary school in a one-room country schoolhouse in Iowa until she got her degree,” said Weigel’s daughter Twila Coleen Goodrick. “She graduated high school with a teaching certificate enabling her to teach school when she was 17.”

Weigel taught in a number of schools for a total of 44 years and was married to Charles Ariel Weigel for 60 years. The couple moved to Newhall in 1963. Charles Weigel died in August 2003.

“Education was her biggest impact,” Goodrick said. “She had a couple of students that became teachers because they said she was such a special teacher. She made every lesson something they could relate to and made it come alive for them.”

Goodrick was personally impacted by her mother’s passion for teaching, she said.

“She was my teacher. She helped me study for the SAT test and she was my Girl Scout leader and she always encouraged me in music, which is my pride and joy now,” Goodrick said.   

Viewing will be held Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bastian & Perrott Mortuary, 18728 Parthenia Street in Northridge.

A graveside service is scheduled 10 a.m. Saturday at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall.

The family asks that memorial gifts be donated to the Carpinteria Community Church Memorial Handbell Choir, which will play at the service.

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