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Helen Zentmyer Kreykenbohm

Friday, February 7, 2020 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Satruday, February 8, 2020 at 11:00 am

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


 Helen Zentmyer Kreykenbohm, 100, died peacefully in her sleep at Somerford House in Hagerstown, Maryland.  She was born on May 21, 1919, in Mount Savage, Maryland.  She was the only child of the late John and Hazel Zentmyer.  She was the valedictorian of Hagerstown High School, class of 1936.  She was a graduate of Swarthmore College, class of 1940.  As a member of the Delaware Foreign Study Group she spent her junior year in France, where she studied at the Sorbonne in Paris.  She received her Master’s degree from Columbia University.  

Her first position was with American University, and then she went to teach at Washington-Lee High School prior to moving back to Hagerstown to teach French at Hagerstown High School. She married her husband, William Paul Kreykenbohm, Sr. August 2, 1945. She taught French and Spanish at Hagerstown Junior College when it opened in 1946. She retired from HCC in 1988 as chair of the Humanities Department. A speaker series has been named in her honor.  Upon retirement, she became a member of HCC’s Foundation and delivered Meals on Wheels.

Helen was a 100 year member of John Wesley United Church, a life member of AAUW, a member of Fountain Head Garden Club, the Treble Clef Club, and the Thursday HCC lunch bunch. She spent many hours playing duplicate bridge with different groups, completing crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and word searches. She loved spending time with her family, traveling, attending grandchildren’s activities, arranging flowers and raising flowers and vegetables.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Paul Kreykenbohm, Sr who died in 1979. She is survived by her three children, William Paul Kreykenbohm, Jr. and wife Barbara (Gainsville, VA), John David Kreykenbohm and wife Nancy (Wilmington, NC), and Carol Kreykenbohm-Barnhart and husband Bob(Hagerstown, MD).  Three grandchildren, Lieutenant Commander Helen Michelle Barnhart and fiancé Major John G. Garlasco, Jr. (Havelock, NC), Dr. Rebecca Carol Barnhart and fiancé Casey T. Jones (Denver, CO), and Robert C. Barnhart, III and wife Colette (Point of Rocks, MD). 

A viewing will be held at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, on Friday, February 7, from 7-9pm.  A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday at the funeral home at 11 am. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  

Memorial contributions can be made in Helen’s name to her lecture series at Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21742, Reach of Washington County, 140 West Franklin St.,  Suite 300, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or John Wesley United Methodist Church, 129 N Potomac St, Hagerstown, MD 21740.  

Online condolences may be expressed at


Guest Book

To the Kreykenbohm family, Please accept my most sincere condolences in the passing of your Mom. I never met her, but my Mom worked for her at Hagerstown Community College back in the good old days. Mom always had such good things to say about your Mom. Kirk Grooms

Kirk Grooms
Hagerstown, Maryland

Helen was a wonderful presence in our community. We need more like her. She will be missed.

Tina Angle
Hagerstown, MD

What a wonderful neighbor and friend Helen was to our family. We all enjoyed many meals together and great conversation. We enjoyed talking about flowers, traveling, playing cards and our friends. Helen was a very strong woman and will be missed by all. She will be a shining star in the heavens above. How blessed we were to know Helen.

Joan Thomas
Bonita Springs, FL

Our bridge group was graciously sponsored by Helen at Fountain every third Wednesday of the month. Helen was a great bridge player and her personality quietly insinuated itself into our group, to our pleasure. We enjoyed her playing ability, stories, and good advice for many years. She will be a very big loss to Hagerstown. She was a very fine lady.


Helen was a beloved next door neighbor and dear friend for over 50 years. She was a jewel! I loved watching the Today Show and Jeopardy with her through the years, and we spent many happy hours cooking and dining together. My mother and dad loved Helen, too. Her companionship throughout their lives was cherished by them and by all of my family. Here's to you Helen - for a life well-lived as a shining example of all that is good in the world. You will be missed.

Eileen Bogdanski Wilson
Frederick, MD

Helen was a beautiful lady who contributed so much to the Hagerstown community. I became acquainted with Helen through her friend, Annabelle Kepler, who always spoke dearly of her. I remember that Helen and her neighbor always enjoyed attending the concerts of the local barbershop chorus. I also appreciated Helen's husband, Bill Kreykenbohm, who was one of the attorneys at Home Federal Savings Bank. I send sincere condolences to her daughter, two sons and their families. Her children were blessed by a wonderful Mother. Jim Failor

Jim Failor
Hagerstown, MD

Carol and Bob-Our deepest sympathies on the death of your mother and mother-in law. She was an inspiring woman and were glad to have known her. David and Laurie Baker

David Baker

W.C.R.E.P.A extends our sincere thoughts and prayers to your family. Helen was a great asset to the educational field. She will be missed

Bonnie Brown
Smithsburg , Md

I am sorry to hear of Helens passing. She was such a strong woman, ahead of her time in so many ways. Her career and strength were always an inspiration to me. And I loved her scrambled eggs for breakfast when I visited with my Dad. Helen was a kind and intelligent woman. I think of her often and will continue to do so. Blessed are those who had her in their lives. My deepest condolences to her entire extended family, of which she was so proud.

Claire Bogdanski Gisriel
Baltimore , MD

She was a shining example of the perfect role model for her children, grandchildren and the community. She was true to her values and integrity and she will be fondly remembered. With love and sympathy. Jo, Paul, and Aidan O'Flaherty

The O'Flaherty family
13328 Fairfax Road, Maryland

Mrs K lived a long and prosperous life. She will be missed.

Sandra Simpson
Adelphi, MD

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