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.