Helena Aldridge

Helena Marie Aldridge (Porter)

Wednesday, May 15, 1929 - Thursday, January 21, 2021
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Helena Marie (Porter) Aldridge, 91, Sandusky, met her Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face on Thursday, January 21st at 10:30pm at Firelands Hospital surrounded by children and grandchildren. She was born on May 15th, 1929 in Bladen, Ohio to William and Edith Mae Porter then she was born again on May 15th, 1960 – her 31st birthday – at Sandusky First Assembly of God which became Faith Memorial Church and is now known as Faith Church.

Helena had been a charter member of Faith Church for 60 years and taught Sunday School for 50 of those years. She taught the first and second graders how much Jesus loved them by showing His love to each child that walked into her classroom with a smile and a hug. Jesus was first in her life and she lived by the verse “those who are forgiven much, love much” (Luke 7:47). She would be the first to tell you that she was not perfect – she was far from it – but she was loved by a perfect God and wanted everyone to know Him. As a teenager, she had to drop out of school to support herself and her son, but she later received her GED at the age of 50 from Sandusky High School.

On a personal note, she met the love of her life, Isaac E. Aldridge Sr. (Curly), at a dance and they eloped on Christmas Day in 1953 and as Curly always said, “they’ve been dancing ever since”. She was the proud mother to William (Bill) M Porter Sr (Debbie), Deborah (Debe) K Buzard (Ted), Isaac (Ed) E Aldridge Jr. (Helen), and Kevon (Jamie) J Aldridge (Chrissy).

She is survived by her four children and their spouses; brothers, Waldo (Carolyn) and James (Judy) Porter; grandchildren, Lisa (Greg), Bill Jr. (Michelle), Nicole (Keith), Tricia (Tyrone), Amanda (Cory), Gideon, Libby (Josh), Kendra (Brian) Isaac (Eddie) III (Nicole), Christopher (Sara), and Corey (Morgan); step-grandchildren, Christee, Tiffany, and Steven; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Kayla (Alex), William III (Jorden), Hayley, Marcquez, Ryan, Tiara, Taylor, Tymir, Grace, Meadow, Hadyn, Amelia, Anna, Will, Isaac IV, Kallie, Alena, Sienna, Edie, Ezra, Evan, and Clifford (due any day); step-great-grandchildren, Josh, Oliver, and Maison; great-great-grandchildren, Emma, Ava, Ellie, and another due in May; and countless nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, William; sisters, Katherine King, Daisy Jeffers, Dorothy Barcus, and Janice Arata; granddaughter, Jessica Dancison; and her very best friend, Joan Garlock.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 27th from 6-9pm at Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave. Sandusky. Additional visitation will be held at 11am on Thursday, January 28th at Faith Church, 1320 E. Strub Rd. Sandusky, with the Funeral Service to follow at 12pm. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Rev. Harry J (Bud) Vaughn and Rev. Kenneth Hiser will officate. COVID guidelines will be expected to be followed at all services. Memorial contributions can be made to Faith Church’s BGMC Fund as Mom’s heart was that every child would come to know Jesus and His love. Condolences may be made to the family by visiting
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Toft Funeral Home & Crematory
    2001 Columbus Avenue
    Sandusky, OH 44870
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Thursday, January 28th, 2021 12:00pm
    Faith Church
    1320 E. Strub Road
    SANDUSKY, OH 44870
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Marcia & Becky Melton (Jevnisek/Padilla)

Posted at 12:40pm
Helena was always like our second Mother. We knew that we could always go to her home if we needed to talk about anything! We were always welcomed.

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Justin Smallwood

Posted at 06:45pm
Chrissy Corey Chris and Jamie are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time we love you so much Donna and Justin

Jonnie Mae Shafer

Posted at 11:33am
All my memories of your mother are from when I was a young girl. When our parents Helen and Bob Mitchell and yours Leanie and Curly would all get together. Laughter and food were the main items. Your Mom's laughter was so joyful and your Dad's smile so warm. When they got the house near the first Faith Memorial she was so proud we were invited over for Sunday dinner. If I close my eyes I can almost hear your Mom calling Curly and your Dad playing his music. You were so blessed to have such a good and faithful parents. This reminded me of Helena--Blessed is she who daily imparts nurturing care and kindness of heart--Blessed is she whose goodness and grace wrap other hearts in a warm embrace--Blessed is she whose unselfish love is a shining reflection of God above---God Bless your family at this time --goodbyes are hard till you see her again--With Love Jonnie Mae Mitchell (Shafer)

Howard Garlock

Posted at 09:47pm
sending Love and Prayers for your loss... but I know Helena is in the best place! For her "to live was Chtist, but to die was gain" As the hymn, we
sang often, goes ... When we all get to Heaven, what a time of rejoicing that will be... When we all see Jesus! we will sing and shout a Victory! Debe... you said it well... with her last breath... like you I believe she saw Jesus! and is now shouting Victory!
Love you guys,
Howard (Bud) Garlock

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Posted at 03:01pm
Love and Sympathy, Rita Redmon, Mark(Jane) Redmon, Eric(Melissa) Redmon and Tammy(Steve) Hatter. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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