Isabel Carol Bolch was born 01/09/1935 in Kansas City, MO. She went to Westport High school and often talked of the fun times walking to and from school with her many neighborhood girlfriends. After high school she earned a teaching degree from Central Missouri State University (CMSU) in Warrensburg, MO. While at Warrensburg she met many sisters through her sorority, Sigma Kappa. CMSU was also where she met her future husband, Richard Helmuth. Richard and Isabel were married before they graduated from college. Soon after, Richard was drafted into the Army and they began the first of many adventures, moving to Germany and sparking their lifelong love of travel. While in Germany Isabel used her teaching degree and taught the children of the deployed service members. Isabel and Richard would use all the spare money and time traveling across Europe.
Soon they returned to Kansas City to start their family. Over the next several years Isabel and Richard would move between Kansas City and St. Joseph, eventually settling into a welcoming neighborhood near Brookside in mid-town Kansas City. They joined the Old Mission United Methodist Church Community, and became pillars of that community. Their family grew to include Dan, Mike, Laura and David.
Isabel was a devoted mother who encouraged on her children. Eventually she yearned to return to teaching; she began the Old Mission Day Care Program and taught hundreds of area children in the 25 years that she taught there.
In retirement, Isabel was able to focus on the passions in her life: her children, grandchildren and travel. Together she and Richard traveled to every continent on the earth except Antarctica. They were adventurous and accomplished travelers visiting place like the Great Wall, Machu Pichu, Africa and Europe (numerous times).
Isabel was the only child of Ira and Helen Bolch of Lathrop, MO. Isabel is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Richard and children, Dan (Dorothy), Michael, Laura (Tom), David (Julie), 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held this Friday at 2:00 pm – 11/17/2017 at Old Mission United Methodist Church. 5519 State Park Rd, Fairway, KS 66205. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that donations be made to the Old Mission United Methodist Church Early Education Center. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.
Thinking of the Helmuth family and sending prayers. I was impressed with Isabel when I met her and Richard in awe of their sense of adventure and travel. I would love to have the opportunity to follow in her footsteps and to travel to some of those far off places. When I do, I will say a quiet prayer for Isabel in each of those places and thank her for the inspiration. I am also impressed that 62 years of marriage were shared between Isabel and Richard. Keep the memories close to your hearts.
I loved your mom… heartfelt sorrow for your loss.
I’m so sorry for your loss Laura. Mothers and daughters have a special bond. My love and prayers are with you and your family.
What a loss to the family and her friends! She was a sweet lady and a loving wife and mother! May she Rest In Peace.
Dick and family,
I’m so bery sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my prayers as you process through your grief. I’m sure memories of the joy Isabel lived will bring comfort amd warmth to your hearts!
Isabel was such a kind and positive person. She taught me a few things when I was little. Laura and family, I’m so sorry for your loss.
May we add our heartfelt sympathy to that of the many who knew and admired her. She was such a sweet and caring person. We are deeply saddened by the news. Love to all.
I will always remember your family in my prayer during this darkest time of your loss and may her soul Rest in perfect peace
I have nothing but great memories of your mom. I remember her as loving, energetic and involved, returning from work with a big bag of Angus Burgers for the kids! She ran a happy, busy household and passed on that great energy to her children.
Sending love to all during this time of loss.
Laura, I was sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. My thoughts are with you and your family.