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March 10, 2021


Helga J. Revenaugh, 85

Helga J. Revenaugh passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, at her home on January 29, 2021. She was with her family and animals. She is dearly missed by all.

She met life with perseverance, determination, contagious enthusiasm, compassion and optimism. Perhaps growing up in post-war Germany taught life-long attitudes that could be used to build rather than harm. It is fair to say, Helga (amongst many others) survived difficult and dangerous years.

She was born March 7, 1935 in Bundheim, Germany. The family operated a large and successful sanatorium in the Harz Mountains. Surrounded by forests, rivers and fields, the sanatorium was dedicated to healing using natural medical treatments. Her family went through tremendous losses and real hardships as a result of the war.

Following the war, Helga’s family was divided and Helga found employment as a translator in her new home in the south of Germany, Berchtesgaden. Helga met her future husband Robert Revenaugh, a young American in the U.S. Military.

Helga and Robert returned to Illinois and married in the mid 1950’s. Helga and Bob had three children. Barbara, James and Mark. The grandchildren are Dana, Elli, Miles and Taye. Bob and Helga raised their family on a small farm. Helga lived her dream of training, caring for, and competing horses until late in her life. “Horses are great teachers”, she would say. Helga also generously shared her wisdom with many students. As much passion as Helga had for horses and all animals, Helga’s true devotion was to her family. Always eager to support and be part of the lives of her children and grandchildren.

Helga was a unique soul in the world. She will be dearly missed by many humans and animals alike, especially the horses, dogs, Hippo (cat), goats and pig.


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