Nemaha Herald

1935-2016

Charlotte Katherine (Reeves) McComas was one of six sisters born to Katherine (Schneider) Reeves and Charles Reeves. Born on October 1, 1935 in Nebraska City, Nebraska, she was the first of the children to be born in an actual hospital. Charlotte attended Nebraska City Public School and Brownville Public School, from which she graduated high school in 1953. Following graduation, she and Leonard “Mike” McComas were united in marriage on June 5, 1953. The couple was blessed with a daughter Pamela, and they made their home in Brownville. Charlotte held many occupations throughout her life. She worked as a seamstress at G&S Sewing Factory in Auburn and Pendleton Woolen Mills in Nebraska City. She served as a security guard for Per Mar Security at the Cooper Nuclear Station, and then went to work at Peru State College. It was at Peru State that she worked until her retirement in 1998. During her times working at her full-time jobs, Charlotte also helped on the Spirit of Brownville. Her biggest pride was her position as the Brownville Village Clerk for 31 years. Charlotte was a member of the Brownville Christian Church, and loved attending regularly when life allowed her. She introduced her love of God to her family down to her great-granddaughters. Charlotte had many hobbies that she enjoyed. One of them was being a seamstress, and making her daughter’s wedding dress, along with all the bridesmaids and flower girl. She made beautiful clothes for people, doll and Barbie clothes for her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughters, and quilts. Charlotte loved many things in her life, but her love for her family was very important to her. Taking trips to South Dakota with her youngest sister Donna to see another sister Hazel; or going to see the cranes in western Nebraska. Driving to the many events that her great-granddaughters participated in, you could count on her and Mike to be there. As Charlotte’s health deteriorated, in October of 2014 she entered the Good Samaritan Society in Auburn. Always embracing life for what it was, she adjusted well to the staff there. So well in fact that she had quite the cheer team that was always there for her. Charlotte loved to see the aides and staff walk, or run by her room and yell out “Hi Charlotte!” Or how they would pop in her room to steal candy out of her candy bowl; when really she was just luring them in. She enjoyed devotions, crafts, bingo, manicure day, and various other activities held. Charlotte knew many people, and even as her body was fading her memory did not. She loved to gossip and chit chat, always had a little to say about a lot. Surrounded by family, Charlotte passed away on February 4th, 2016, having reached the age of 80 years, four months and three days. She was proceeded in death by her parents, husband Leonard McComas, sister Grace Hummel, sister Betty Moeller, sister Hazel Holland, sister Frances Reeves, and brother-in-all Alfred Hummel. Survivors include her daughter Pam and husband Larry Helmick of Auburn; grandchildren Jason Helmick of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Natisha Helmick-Winkelman of Brownville; great-grandchildren Kataleena Helmick and Adreannah Winkelman of Brownville; sister Donna Reeves of Maryville Missouri; brother-in-laws Robert Moeller of California, Duayne Holland of Tabor, South Dakota; plus many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A funeral service was held Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, with Rev. Bob Chitwood officiating. Sharon Schuster of Aseracare sang and played for the service. Casket bearers were Marty Hayes, Terry Jones, Buck Jones, Larry Chapin, Bob Engles, Rick Janssen, Corky Jones, and Phil Walker, with Kataleena Helmick and Adreannah Winkelman leading the casket. Honorary bearers were Mabel Garber, Millie Thies, Erma Meyer, Elaine Reeves, Allison Hayes, Teresa Walker, Dede Gray, Sam Sutton, and Jody Able. Hope Herold, Casey Biaggi, Cassie Severs, Sam Angle, and Caitlyn Kuhlmann served as flower attendants. Burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery at Brownville. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.