Helen C. Isensee, 78, of Carlisle, passed away on Monday, November 16,
2015 in the Chapel Pointe Health Center, Carlisle. She was born on January 1, 1937 in Kansas City, MO,
and was a daughter of the late Frank L. and Gladys E. (Turner) Calkins. She was the widow of Allan Isensee,
who died in 2001 and Bernard Nowotarski who died in 1974.
Helen graduated in 1954 from
Washington – Lee High School in Arlington, VA, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio
University in Athens, OH and a Master’s degree in Library Science from University of Maryland. In
the 1960’s she was a computer programmer for the U.S. Census Bureau. Helen retired as a Research
Librarian from the Veterans Administration and was formerly employed by the State of Maryland Public Libraries.
was an avid gardener throughout her lifetime. She was a Master Gardener for the Howard County Agricultural
Extension Service and taught local landscaping classes. She enjoyed travel, often combining it with genealogical
research, another of her hobbies. After retiring, Helen traveled to Wales and to China. She loved musicals
(especially Gilbert and Sullivan), reading, jigsaw puzzles and surfing the web. In the last few years of her life, she enjoyed
seeing her children and grandchildren. Helen enjoyed attending services at the Henry Chapel at Chapel Pointe.
is survived by her children; Sharon Nowotarski Spears (partner, Debbie Newman) of Mechanicsburg, Adam A. (wife, Melissa) Nowotarski
of Indianapolis, IN and six grandchildren; Benjamin, Mitchell, Madeleine and Samuel Spears and Jonah and Lydia Nowotarski
and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one brother, Robert E. Calkins, and one sister,
Doris A. Sezen.
A memorial service will be held on November 28 at 11:30 am in the Henry
Chapel at Chapel Pointe, 770 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Rev. Walter Frankenberry officiating. A visitation
will be held one hour before the service. Memorial donations (tribute gifts) in Helen’s name may
be made at www.psp.org. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of the arrangements.