It is with great sadness that Thoro Packaging announces the passing of our co-founder. Helen “Mimi” Dabek passed away on July 25, 2013, at home in Yorba Linda.

Helen was a remarkable woman in so many ways. She was half of the dynamic duo that started Thoro Packaging in 1967, along with her husband Macy Dabek. She reinforced his vision of a quality short-run folding carton company in Southern California.

In a need for equipment with very little cash and a lot of determination, the Dabeks founded Thoro Packaging. Their desire was to focus only on folding cartons and to be the best in the market place. So, in January 1968 with a single one color printing press, one small die cutter and Mrs. Dabek with glue bottle in hand, Thoro Packaging became a reality!

Helen leaves behind her daughter, Jan Steiner; her two grandchildren, Jackie and Macy; and three great grandchildren, Jonte, Piet and Lucan. Helen brought joy and wisdom to those who knew her.

Memorial services for Helen “Mimi” Dabek will be on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at the home of Jan Steiner.

In honor and celebration of Helen “Mimi” Dabek and her recent passing, the family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to either the Make-A-Wish Foundation or True Innocence Equine Rescue.

The Make a Wish Foundation grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. To donate your gift, CLICK HERE.

True Innocence Rescue is a nonprofit organization that rescues abused, neglected, abandoned, and unwanted horses in Southern California. To donate online, CLICK HERE. Please input “In Memory of Helen Dabek” in the “Dedication or Gift” section. If sending a check, please write “In Memory of Helen Dabek” in the Memo section of the check and mail to: True Innocents Equine Rescue (T.I.E.R) 7900 Limonite Ave., Ste. G, #278 Riverside, CA 92509