Helen Mae Heward, age 97, of Granger, Indiana, died peacefully Wednesday, September 1, 2021, in her home in the presence of her family.
Her life began October 2, 1923, in Buchanan, Michigan to Sigurd and Edith (Van Keuren) Jensen. She married Joe William Heward on July 19, 1942, in Three Oaks, Michigan. After seventy years of marriage, Joe preceded her in death on August 4, 2012.
Helen was a lifetime member of the Three Oaks United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. Additionally, she was in a pinochle group with seven other people. Helen and Joe served as surrogate grandparents in Project Cloverleaf, a Michigan Department of Education funded program for River Valley School District sixth graders without grandparents.
Helen and Joe owned the Three Oaks Dry Cleaners where she was a seamstress. She was involved with the South Bend Senior Olympics and won a Gold Medal for Checkers. She loved to read and do jigsaw puzzles.
Helen will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Ellen (Bob) Behrle of Granger, Indiana, Sue Ann (Mark) Peterson of South Bend, Indiana; sons, William Lee (Jill Dardig) Heward of Worthington, Ohio, Joseph Erwin (Joyce) Heward of Mattawan, Michigan; eight grandchildren, Laura, Lee, Lynn, Amy, Madelyn, Jacob, Matthew, and Lucie; five great grandchildren, Brooklyn, Saralyn, Lucas, Audrey, and Mateo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; grandson, Justin Heward.
Family and friends will gather Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00p.m. in Wagner Family Funerals Pobocik Chapel, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks.
Helen will be laid to rest with her husband in Riverside Cemetery, Chikaming Township.
The family prefers contributions in memory of Helen be made to Community In Action, a volunteer group whose mission is to help feed the hungry, honor veterans, nurture children, and support rescue animals. Please send contributions in care of Wagner Family Funerals Pobocik Chapel, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks, Michigan 49128.
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