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Helen Elizabeth BrownPassing: December 26, 2021


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Wednesday, December 29th @ 2:00 p.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Wednesday, December 29th @ 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Mitchell Cemetery

Wednesday, December 29th

MITCHELL – Helen Elizabeth Brown, 89, passed away Sunday, December 26, 2021, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born July 5, 1932, in Terre Haute, she was the daughter of John and Mary (Csontos) Metro, Sr.  She married William H. “Bill” Brown July 6, 1955, and he preceded her in death December 31, 1996.

Helen was a farmer and had been involved with Brown Family Farms since 1955.    She had worked at Teibel’s Restaurant in Schererville where she met her husband.  Helen had been employed at Woodsferry Café and Pinto’s Southwest Steakhouse.  She was a member of the American Legion Post No. 250 Auxiliary, charter member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107 Auxiliary, and a life member of Bedford Boat and Sportsman Club.  She enjoyed gardening and working in her flowers.

Surviving:                  sons, Paul (Terri) Brown of Mitchell

                                           Stephen “Groucho” Brown of Mitchell

                   grandchildren, Matt (Ana) Brown, Adam (Shannon Robertson) Brown,

                                           Jordan Brown, Tobie (Ray) Rogers, and Todd (Katelyn)


         great-grandchildren, Alex, Aktyn, Westyn, Kayden, Evelyn, Emma, Evan, Maddie, and Nate

                             siblings, Margaret (Bill) Knitz of Oregon, Ohio

                                           John (Rosie) Metro, Jr. of Lake Village

                                           Irene Gergely of Schererville

                                           Barbara Huppenthal of Schererville

                                           several nieces and nephews

Her parents; husband; and brother, Edward Metro, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Jim Russell officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107 Auxiliary will conduct a memorial service at 1:45 p.m.

Memorial Gifts:  American Legion Post No. 250 or VFW Post No. 9107

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40 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Milt and Kim Roberts | Mitchell
    Date: December 30, 2021
    Paul, Groucho and all her family and those who loved her will be in our prayers. She and Bill were lifetime friends with my family and I have so many happy memories of them. All our love….
  2. Guest: Bobby Brown | Venice Florida
    Date: December 29, 2021
    Paul,Groucho,and Terri I am sorry for your loss. Helen was a one of a kind! You always knew where you stood with her. Helen was always good to me when I came to your house. My deepest sympathy.
  3. Guest: Patty Fletcher | Bedford, Ind.
    Date: December 29, 2021
    Dear Paul & Groucho, I'm so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She and Bill were some of the first people I met after Dale and I were married in 1959. We had great fun with them and Virg and Velma Toliver. Helen was always so much fun to be around and we sat in that big farm kitchen many times over a cup of coffee. She loved you boys so much. I pray for Peace & comfort for you both & your family. I pray for Bill and Helen to Rest In Peace as they are "Together Again" Patty Fletcher
  4. Guest: Shelia Reef | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: December 29, 2021
    Heaven has gained another angel! Prayers for all family! Remembering that she always left a big smile on our face! RIP Helen you will be missed by many!
  5. Guest: Ruth E Howard | Mitchell
    Date: December 29, 2021
    Helen was a strong, hard working woman. Helen & Bill were wonderful friends to my mother. Well grounded, down to earth people. She a determined woman, and will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. My prayers are with the family during their time if sorrow.
  6. Guest: Brenda Kern | Bedford IN 47421
    Date: December 28, 2021
    HB was one of the first people I met when I moved here 28 years ago. I worked with her at Woodsferry and then again at Pinto's. She always put a smile on my face. Was never a dull moment. I love you very much HB and it was an honor being your friend. You will be missed. Rest in Peace Helen.
  7. Guest: Timothy Williams | Kingman, AZ.
    Date: December 28, 2021
    So sorry to here this. Mine and Mary's Condolences to the Family.
  8. Guest: Becky & Phil Bailey | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: December 28, 2021
    Matt, Ana and the girls. We are so verysorry for this sad loss. Sending GIANT Cyber (((HUGS)))!! Becky, Phil, Cody& the Girls
  9. Guest: Elisabeth Chastain | Orleans
    Date: December 28, 2021
    I'm sorry to hear of Helens passing.She was one of a kind.
  10. Guest: Paul L. Smith and Wilma Arste | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: December 28, 2021
    My heartfelt condolences to Paul, Groucho, and the entire family. I was thankful I was able to reconnect with her after moving back to Indiana. I will miss my first cousin Helen, she had a unique and straightforward personality that was endearing to all who knew her. God bless her.
  11. Guest: tammy pridemore | Mukwonago wi
    Date: December 28, 2021
    she was always a nice lady to me she would let you know if she didnt like someone or something! i will miss seeing her face when i visit we always had good times together love you helen ..
  12. Guest: Bonnie Cousineau | Brownsburg In.
    Date: December 28, 2021
    Helen was one of a kind. She was the first person I met in Mitchell after moving here from NY I. 1987 at the American Legion. We had lots of laughs over the years. She always made you feel welcome at her home. Will miss our talks.
  13. Guest: Rita East | Bedford Indiana
    Date: December 28, 2021
    I could never get done sharing all the memories HB and I had! She was one of the closest friend I had! I never forget her and all the times her and I shared and would never trade moment of them! I love you HB!
  14. Guest: Jeff and Becky Brumage | Mitchell, IN
    Date: December 28, 2021
    A truly wonderful neighbor. Will always remember fun times and long talks. One in a million, who will be missed. RIP, Helen. Love ya!
  15. Guest: Rita Johnson | Mitchell ind
    Date: December 28, 2021
  16. Guest: Robin "Rook" Roberts | Orleans, IN
    Date: December 28, 2021
    Love Ya, Helen!
  17. Guest: Lottie hurt | Mitchell IN
    Date: December 28, 2021
    So sorry to hear this,Helen was such fire cracker! An amazing lady I'll never forget my HB,we worked at woodsferry together had soo much fun with her, so many memories over the years RIP HB.
  18. Guest: Pam Perkins | Bloomington, Indiana
    Date: December 28, 2021
    So sorry to read the news on Helen. She will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers to the family and beyond.
  19. Guest: Debbie and Mike Frick | Dallas, Texas
    Date: December 27, 2021
    It’s amazing how much Helen’s life and the life of my grandmother, Agnes Brown, were alike. Although, I never met Helen, I imagine she was like my grandmother in many ways, so I’m confident that I would have liked her very much. We will keep Helen’s family in our prayers that the Lord Jesus will bring comfort and peace to their hearts.
  20. Guest: Cheryl Cataldo | Mitchell
    Date: December 27, 2021
    Sorry to hear about Aunt Helens passing. My prayers go out to the family.
  21. Guest: Jessica Chybinski | Bedford Indiana
    Date: December 27, 2021
    So sorry for your family's loss. Prayers for all of you.
  22. Guest: Sandalee Jeffries | Mitchell, IN
    Date: December 27, 2021
    So sorry for your loss. It’s never easy to loose your mother, no matter their age or your age.
  23. Guest: Randy Tabor | Clintonville Wisconsin
    Date: December 27, 2021
    We are very sorry to hear if your loss! We will keep you in our prayers. May god bless all of you
  24. Guest: Gayla & Tim Goff | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Date: December 27, 2021
    Dear Paul, Groucho, Matt, Adam & family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Helen loved life, creative and was a hard worker! We enjoyed many pig roast with her and Bill. We will miss her dearly! All our love & prayers, Gayla & Tim Goff (Martha Brown-Bryant’s daughter & husband)
  25. Guest: Elaine (Korki) Lagenour | Bedford , IND 47421
    Date: December 27, 2021
    Long time friend of my family. RIP LADY N FLY HIGH you WILL b missed
  26. Guest: Judy Turner | Bedford, IN
    Date: December 27, 2021
    HB will be missed by many and never forgotten she was truly a kind person to all.
  27. Guest: Lisa Mikels | Fort Myers Fl.
    Date: December 27, 2021
    So sad to hear . She was a great lady and A real joy to spend time with. You'll be missed HB. Prayers for family healing.❤
  28. Guest: Dana Sanders | Bloomington, IN
    Date: December 27, 2021
    I met Helen when I was in high school, she was always so friendly to me. I never forgot the kindness she showed me and my baby when I became a mother. Jordan, Groucho & Paul, you have my sincerest thoughts and prayers.
  29. Guest: Jerry Milligan | Mitchell, in.
    Date: December 27, 2021
    Helen was one great person ,drink some beers, dance ta little even been to her house for breakfast early in the morning. I grew up with both boys Paul and Gracho she was definitely one of a kind and she will definitely be missed Rest and peace Helen
  30. Guest: Pam Pinto | Coatesville, IN
    Date: December 27, 2021
    HB worked for me at Pinto's Southwest Steakhouse for 8 years. She was one of a kind that we all loved so very much. She is in many of my happy memories. "I'll miss you so much, HB."
  31. Guest: Carolyn Huppenthal | LaGrange, IN 46761
    Date: December 27, 2021
    Helen was quite the lady sure did love fun and joke's and people. She will definitely be missed. God Bless Helen ❤ Carolyn Huppenthal
  32. Guest: Gary Gerkin | Mitchell, ln
    Date: December 27, 2021
    Always loved Helen, drank a few beers with her...lol Much love to Paul and Groucho, you are in my thoughts and prayers. She was definitely one of a kind.
  33. Guest: Sandra Gruell | Summerville, SC
    Date: December 27, 2021
    Helen was a great, giving lady. She will be missed.
  34. Guest: Teresa Chastain | Mitchell
    Date: December 27, 2021
    Paul and family I'm sorry for the loss of Helen. She always had a funny story to tell.
  35. Guest: James Metro | Cedar Lake, Indiana
    Date: December 27, 2021
    We are very sorry about the loss of our beloved Aunt Helen. Prayers and God's peace to Paul, Steve and family.
  36. Guest: Tammie Troxel Wray | Bedford, In
    Date: December 27, 2021
    I'm so, so sorry! Loved Helen with all my soul! Such a fun person to be around!! She will be missed very much!
  37. Guest: Jeanetta J Anderson | Princeton, Indiana
    Date: December 27, 2021
    It has been a pleasure H.B. until we meet again. Love, Jeanetta
  38. Guest: Brad Johnson | Mitchell
    Date: December 27, 2021
    Just great Times
  39. Guest: Sherry Lancaster | Mitchell Indiana
    Date: December 27, 2021
    Charlie Bill & I, had tons of fun times with Helen. She was a Very Special Lady.
  40. Guest: Jennifer Taflinger | Mitchell
    Date: December 27, 2021
    Gram was one of sassiest and strongest women in my life. She will be greatly missed by us all. I am honored to have had her as Gram to me most of my life.