The name Helbling originates in Innsbruck, Austria and means "Half Penny." Alfonsus Legorius Helbling Sr. was born on August 16, 1866 in Ohio, the oldest of seven brothers.
Mary Gertrude Larkin was born in Pittsburgh on November 24, 1875 to Charles and Catherine Larkin. In 1880, the family was living on Fayett St. in Pittsburgh. At the time, Charles, born in Ireland was 35. Kate, Charles' wife, also born in Ireland was 33. Six children were listed, all born in Pennsylvania: John, 11, Joseph , 10, Gennie, 8, Mary , 6, Charles Jr., 4, and Kate, Jr., 2. Also enumerated with the family was Sarah Sullivan, 17, born in Pennsylvania.
Source: 1880 Federal Census for Allegheny County, Enumerator District # 128, page 16, line 34. Catherine and Charles Larkin Sr. are buried in Section X of St. Mary's Cemetery, Lawrenceville.
In 1905, Alphonsus Helbling married Mary Gertrude Larkin. Their Marriage License is recorded in Volume 69, page 298 of the Allegheny County Marriage License Docket. The 1905 Pittsburgh City Directory has a listing for "Larkin John E, engineer 3447 Melwood," so Mary was living with her brother John at that time.
Alfonsus and Mary Gertrude had six children. Alphonsus began his education as a medical student, but felt financial pressure when his family began to grow. He left medical school and became a nurse, caring for a member of the Mellon family. Alphonsus and Mary Gertrude's children were:
HelblingIrene died in 1973. Her obituary read:
On Wednesday, July 22, 1970, Charles L. Helbling, beloved husband of Irene Hoolahan Helbling; father of Charles L. Jr, David, Leo, Mary Jo and Linda Helbling, Charleen Picone, Jane Mischler and Suzanne Kalson; also survived by 19 grandchildren; brother of Vincent and Albert Helbling, Betty Wenner and Kay DuFresne. Funeral from McCABE BROS., INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6314 Walnut St., (Shadyside) on Saturday, July 25, 1970 at 9 a.m. Funeral mass in Sacred Heart Church at 10 a.m.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Friday July 24, 1970 Page 20
HelblingSue Helbling Kalson's daughter is Paula C. Suzor mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suddenly on Thursday, May 10, 1973 Irene Hoolahan Helbling, beloved wife of the late Charles L. Helbling; mother of Charles L. Jr., David and Leo Helbling, Charlene Picone, Jane Mischler, Suzanne Kalson, Mary Jo Kuhl and Linda Lincoln; also survived by 24 grandchildren; sister of Thomas Kenneth and Richard Hoolahan. Funeral from McCABE BROS. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside on Monday, May 14, 1973 at 9:30 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection in Sacred Heart Church at 10:00 a.m. Visitations with the family 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Saturday May 12, 1973 page 14
Elizabeth H. (Betty) on Wed. Oct 26, 1983 of Pleasant Hills; wife of E. Minor Wenner; mother of Sally Couch of Atlanta & Nancy Cunningham of Pgh; sister of Mary Catherine DuFrosne of Milwaukee; four grandchildren. Friends received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 4201 Brownsville Rd., Brentwood Thurs. 7-9 and Fri. 2-4 & 7-9. Service Sat in the Chapel of the Pleasant Hills Community United Presbyterian Church, Old Clairton Rd., at 11 a.m. Private burial in Jefferson Memorial Park.
Vincent operated a bar. Vincent and Jane had four children: Vincent P. Helbling Jr., Judy, Bobby and David.
Vince Helbling died on May 10, 1976. Jane Helbling died on January 29, 1977. Both are buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Charles A. (Chuck) Helbling was born on April 6, 1961in Akron, Ohio. Chuck lives in North Ridgeville, Ohio.
Kenneth M. (Ken) Helbling was born on October 2, 1962 in Akron, Ohio. Ken lives in Berea Ohio with his wife Lauren. They have no children.
Stacey L. Helbling Jones, daughter of Vince and Sharon, was born on July 8, 1975 in Fairview Park, Ohio. Stacey lives in Plant City, Florida with her husband, Kris Jones No children yet!
Mark, Jr. lives in Franklin, TN (just south of Nashville) and is married to Sue Curtis Spinney & has a stepson Michael who is 16 & a daughter Shannon Ashley born on March 21, 2000.
Marcia is married to Chad Bankston & lives in Raymond, MS. They have no children as yet---only dogs & cats.
HELBLINGCatherine died on April 24, 2000. She was buried in St. Mary's of the Assumption Cemetery Pine Creek with her husband.
On Sunday, September 5, 1976 Alphonse (Albert) L., of Hampton Twp.; husband of Catherine Kelly; father of Carol Siford, Nancy Falconer and John Helbling; brother of Betty Wenner and Kay DuFresne; also survived by eight grandchildren. Visitation with the family 2-4 and 7-9 at the HENRY C. BOCK FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ursula's Church on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock.
Source: Pittsburgh Press Sept. 7, 1976 Page 36
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