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Helen Gorney, age 93 of St. Clair Shores, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Mary's Center nursing facility in Clinton Township, Michigan. She was born July 14, 1924 in Pennsylvania, daughter of the late John and the late Anna (nee: Vesek) Skurya.

Helen was the beloved wife of the late Leonard, and the loving sister of Andrew (Jane) Skurya. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by siblings John. George, Mike and Mary. She and Mary may have been sisters, but they were always the very best of friends as well.

Born in Pennsylvania, Helen's family moved to Detroit when she was very young. The Motor City is where she enjoyed her childhood, attended school, and ultimately graduated from Northeastern High School. As time marched on, a handsome young man marched into Helen's life and stole her heart, and a budding romance would soon follow. As friendship turned to love, that love eventually led them both to the altar where they were married in August of 1950 at St. Nicholas Church on E. Grand Boulevard in Detroit. Love brought them together, and love bound them as one as they began their journey as husband & wife in the eyes of family and friends alike on that glorious day.

It was much different times for women back then, yet Helen possessed an incredible skill set when it came to bookkeeping and decided to market her talents and strengths out to the workplace with the hopes of beginning a career. She cast her line into the vast waters of possibilities,…and got a bite. Throughout what would ultimately become a long and dedicated career, Helen was proud to have been an integral part of the operations at both a tuxedo shop and a car dealership. She did an exemplary job in keeping the books and numbers in order, right up until the day she accepted her new lifestyle in retirement.

Helen was a vivacious woman who certainly knew how to have a good time. Whether with family or friends, she always had a way of helping to create the moments that fill scrapbooks,…and hearts. Of all the "favorites" that encompassed her life, right there towards the top would have to be the moments and memories made through the fun and excitement enjoyed on the waters of the Lake St. Clair and beyond. Being the hard workers they were, Helen and Leonard took the plunge one day and treated themselves to something quite special,…a Boat! Nothing says fun in the Mitten State like a boat, and Helen & Leonard managed to put it to great use. Quite often, their destination included one of two places, either Peche Island or Strawberry Island, both of which were far enough away to make it attractive yet close enough to avoid becoming another Gilligan's Island saga. Docking at the islands meant the day was just getting started, and there was about to be a huge amount of fun to be had. From the awesome & tasty picnics they shared, to swimming in those beautiful waters off the islands, a little boating and a day on the beach made every penny they spent on the boat well worth the money. And on occasion, it was no surprise to see Helen with a fishing pole in her hand as she loved to cast her line out there,…always in search of the "Big One."

While on the subject of fishing, most everyone will recall some of the other sporting tastes she held like the All-American favorite,…bowling. A sport with not a lot of exertion, but one with a whole lot of fun and laughter to be shared by all. For anyone who has bowled in their life, they'll attest to what a great time that can be enjoyed on the lanes, and Helen found great joy by being there in the mix. Even more sporting pleasures that minimized effort came each time Helen headed for the racetrack to "watch the ponies." There always seemed to be a unique excitement factor that accompanied watching the horse races, and Helen ate it up. She was also known for being a huge Detroit Tigers fan, one of their greatest supporters and biggest banner wavers "in the D." Yet of all the sporting venues that got her blood flowin' the most, there was never a question about her allegiance and passion for our great Detroit Red Wings. Even through their slumps, Helen remained loyal and true to her Boys in the Winged Wheel. A season ticket holder for years, she was ecstatic to see her team bring the Stanley Cup home on four different occasions. Woo-Hoo!

Other passions included her love of music, and an extreme attraction to shoes (of which she had many). Yet without question, there was nothing that could top Helen's love and adoration for her 3 "fur-babies,"…Peaches, Tammy and Murphy. A trio of beautiful German Shorthairs, they were like little horses in the eyes of many, but more like Helen's 3 little kids who brought her immense joy.

A Funeral Liturgy will be officiated, in Helen's honor, at 8:30 am on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at St. Nicholas Church, 23300 King Drive, Clinton Township, Michigan.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Rd) in Warren.

Please share memories of Helen at her memory book above.