Helen Lemak, 96

Helen F. Lemak, age 96, of Sturgis, passed away peacefully in her bed at Thurston Woods Village around 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

She enjoyed a long, full life. Loved and cherished by so many in the world, she is reunited in death with her husband Louis Lemak Jr., and is survived by son Louis and daughter-in-law Marilyn of Traverse City; a daughter, Susan Werschky of Sturgis; eight grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Helen was born in the town of Laurium in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Oct. 20, 1915, and spent many of her formative years in the Detroit area, where she attended Mackenzie High School. She called Huntington Woods home from 1941 to 1989, when she moved to Sturgis.

Helen (or “Mak” as many of her grandkids called her) will be fondly remembered for her kind and generous spirit, her great home cooking (especially pasties and pies), her skill at cards (including her uncanny ability to defy those who claim there is no luck in both love and duplicate bridge), her pleasant piano style (a self-taught master of the oldies, she primarily twinkled the “ebonies,” not the “ivories”), her creative skill illustrated in her poems, hats and lovely wreaths, and perhaps mostly, for her cheerful demeanor.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Hackman Family Funeral Home — Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.

Services celebrating the life of Helen F. Lemak will be held immediately following visitation at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Mr. Larry Wallman officiating.

Graveside services and interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations be directed to Thurston Woods Village in her memory.

Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

Helen F. Lemak, age 96, of Sturgis, passed away peacefully in her bed at Thurston Woods Village around 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

She enjoyed a long, full life. Loved and cherished by so many in the world, she is reunited in death with her husband Louis Lemak Jr., and is survived by son Louis and daughter-in-law Marilyn of Traverse City; a daughter, Susan Werschky of Sturgis; eight grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Helen was born in the town of Laurium in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Oct. 20, 1915, and spent many of her formative years in the Detroit area, where she attended Mackenzie High School. She called Huntington Woods home from 1941 to 1989, when she moved to Sturgis.

Helen (or “Mak” as many of her grandkids called her) will be fondly remembered for her kind and generous spirit, her great home cooking (especially pasties and pies), her skill at cards (including her uncanny ability to defy those who claim there is no luck in both love and duplicate bridge), her pleasant piano style (a self-taught master of the oldies, she primarily twinkled the “ebonies,” not the “ivories”), her creative skill illustrated in her poems, hats and lovely wreaths, and perhaps mostly, for her cheerful demeanor.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Hackman Family Funeral Home — Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.

Services celebrating the life of Helen F. Lemak will be held immediately following visitation at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Mr. Larry Wallman officiating.

Graveside services and interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations be directed to Thurston Woods Village in her memory.

Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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