May 2, 1925 – December 11, 2017

Helen D. Goerner, 92, of West Frankfort, formerly of Newton, passed away 6:48 p.m. Monday, December 11, 2017 at Westside Care Center in West Frankfort, IL.

In adhering to her wishes, there will be no public services or visitation. She will be cremated and scattered with her husband’s cremated remains. Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin, IL is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a message of condolence or for further information, visit

Helen formerly worked as an Assembly Line Worker for the American Can Company in Chicago.

Helen was born May 2, 1925 in Jasper County, IL to Joseph A. and Lennie M. (Scott) Matlock.

Helen was married to Werner Paul “Bob” Goerner.  He preceded her in death on January 16, 1991.

Helen is survived by two sisters and a brothers-in-law, Julia Ann Workman of Louisville, Cornelia and Floyd White of Johnston City and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; brother, Clifford Matlock; two sisters, Marie Drake and Mildred Earnest.