Helga Short


It is with great sadness that we report the peaceful passing of our mother, grandmother, and dear friend Helga Short, age 83, at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center.

Helga was born in Crossen am Oder, in Eastern Germany in 1936, to her parents Max and Freida Horlitz. Europe was a different place in those days, and she was living in Germany while the drums of war beat across the continent. Her early years were interrupted by the relentless Allied bombing of her homeland, and after the war her family found themselves being trapped by the Iron Curtain which was strangling eastern Europe.

It was only by God’s grace that Helga, along with her little brother, Werner, were able to escape the Russian occupation by hiding in a hay wagon, paid for by their mother’s wedding ring, as it crossed over into the American sector of Germany. Thankfully, her father was their waiting for them, a prisoner of war being held by the allies.

Her family settled in Trier, in West Germany, and it was here where she grew up and eventually attended the local university.

Many American soldiers were stationed in Germany after the war and it was one of them, young Billy Short of Miami, that won her heart. They were married in Germany, and their first child Renee, was born at the base hospital.

When Billy finally received orders to return to the states, he brought his family with him. Although it was difficult getting his wife approved to immigrate by the American security services, eventually she became a citizen of the United States.

Eventually the young family settled in the San Francisco bay area of California. It is here that her three boys were born, Michael, Jeffrey, and Stephen. Eventually, in 1986, Bill and Helga moved to Globe, where she was a resident until her passing. She worked at Gila General Hospital, and then Cobre Valley Hospital, as it was known, in the business office, before retiring.

She is proceeded in death by her husband, William (Billy) Short, daughter Renee Tyson, sons Michael Short and Jeffrey Short. She is survived by her youngest son Stephen, who cared for her during her last years, granddaughter Nicole Chartrand (Barela), and great granddaughters Allyson Barela and Alexandria Chartrand, and great grandson Tyler Chartrand.

A graveside service will be held at Mountain Breeze Cemetery on U.S. 60 west of Miami, on Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m.

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