Helen Langenegger

January 27, 2011 • Obituaries

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Hagerman for Helen Langenegger, 87, who passed away Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in Albuquerque.The Rev. Walt Issaccs will officiate. Visitation for Helen will be Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Ballard Funeral Home in Roswell from 5 to 7 p.m.

Helen will then be cremated according to her wishes. Her ashes will be buried in the Hagerman Cemetery. Helen was born July 20, 1923, in Elkins, to [auth] William Riley and Ruth Bobo Goodwin. Her parents preceded her in death. She married Ed Shafer on June 9, 1943, in Roswell. She later married (Arthur W.) “Bill” Langenegger on May 17, 1947, in Roswell. Both preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughters, Jeaneen Jones, of Glendale, Ariz., Lana Phoenix, of Denver, and Kathy Moore, of Tijeras; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Helen lived in Hagerman 54 years until 1998, when she moved to Rio Rancho and Albuquerque. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Hagerman. Helen served more than 50 years as the pianist and organist, starting at age eight. She also taught Sunday school. Helen loved music, enjoyed singing barbershop harmony in Sweet Adelines for many years, and she sang bass in the family quartet with her three daughters for several years.

She was an accomplished seamstress. Helen worked tirelessly behind the scenes supporting her husband, Bill, in his farming, ranching, and feed cattle operation, keeping books and running for parts in Roswell. She cherished her family and most enjoyed family gatherings. Helen loved taking photographs and always had a camera at hand, documenting every life event. Her kind and gentle ways and capacity to love made her the special person so many will always remember. And, of course, her beautiful RED hair and genuinely engaging smile.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

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