RAYMOND — Helen Marie Brenenstahl, 81, of Long Beach, died Oct. 14, 2016, in Raymond, Wash. She was born May 28, 1935, in Wayne County, Mo., to Claude and Laura (Barks) McCalister. Growing up in Missouri, one of her favorite things was fishing with her mom, where they would have to swim across a small stream to their favorite fishing spot. Otherwise they would have to travel 10 miles around the stream to get to the spot.
In 1953, Helen married Richard Brenenstahl, and established residence in Central California. With Richard’s passing, Helen moved to Long Beach, Wash., where she has spent the past 50 years. Here she met Jerry Watson, and together they began their lifelong companionship, working on their commercial fishing boat.
Among her passions was cooking, and man, could she cook! Her cinnamon rolls were known area wide and sought after. Also she enjoyed quilt making, canning and smoking fish. Once she cooked 500 dinners at the Sea Hag to raise money for the softball team. Anywhere she could make a difference, she was there, well ahead of the need being expressed. She was an active participant of Elks Lodge #1937 in Long Beach.
Helen is survived by Jerry Watson and the Sammy Cat at the family home; children, Glenn (Laurie) Brenenstahl, Art (Cheryl) Brenenstahl; daughter-in-law Lori Brenenstahl; stepchildren Jay (Karen) Watson and Linda (George) Normandin; grandchildren, Austin, Eric, Richard III and Stephen Brenenstahl, Stefanie and Dustin Watson and numerous great-grandchildren. She was proceded in death by son, Richard; siblings Hershal Lee, Elizabeth McLean and Bessie and grandson Brandon Brenenstahl.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday Oct. 20, in Penttila’s Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach. A reception will follow at the Long Beach Elks Hall from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Her guestbook is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.