- January 25, 1930 - December 19, 2016
- Sterling Heights, Michigan
of Helen's Passing
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“Ralph,Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.Sincerely,Joyce LePage
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“Aunt Helen, you will be dearly missed by all of us who loved you. You were one of the kindest people I've ever known. I hope that you are happy and...Read More »
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Helen Spuz, age 86 of Sterling Heights, died Monday, December 19, 2016 at Beaumont Hospital in Troy. Helen was born in Cheboygan, Michigan on January 25th, 1930 to the proud parents of John and Sophia (nee: Grubinski) Skiera. She grew up on a farm in the hills of Cheboygan where chores were the part of a child's daily activity, and helping her mother at dinner was something she enjoyed. She was one of 12 siblings (the second youngest). During her childhood she enjoyed an occasional game of baseball in the field with her friends and she enjoyed going to school where her sister Virginia was one of her teachers.
Once Helen graduated from Cheboygan High School she started to work at a local bank in town (Cheboygan) and then at that very young age of 18 she decided to move to Detroit to live with her sister Florence, so that she could work at a large bank in downtown Detroit. She worked at two banks downtown for a period of around ten years. For enjoyment she loved to dance and listen to music. Then on one very special day she went to Warsaw Park to listen to Polka music and dance in their outdoor dance hall. On that Sunday she would meet the love of her life - William Spuz. Fortunately for William, after being turned down to dance twice by Helen, he was able to get her number from Helen's friend, and from there this love story of 58 years began.
On August 30th, 1958 Helen married William. From there they built a home in Sterling Heights on nothing but farm land, where they would then raise three children who they loved dearly. Helen and William were always together. If you saw William, Helen was not far behind. She was a loving, caring, and attentive wife and mother. She was a home maker who provided a loving home. As she raised her family she utilized many of her skills. She enjoyed sewing as she would make pants, suit jackets, dresses, and Halloween costumes for her kids. She loved to garden and come summer time she loved to spend her evenings relaxing working in her garden. At night when the kids would be sleeping, it would not be uncommon for her to go downstairs in their basement and be sewing. Her cooking was also unbelievable, as her home made pizza was the envy of the neighborhood.
When it came to vacations the place she loved to go was up north in Cheboygan with her family in the house where she grew up. Almost every summer she would go up north with her husband and children to spend two to three weeks on the farm to enjoy time with her family in the town and home where she was raised. Her brother Uncle Clem who had taken over the farm from her father was certainly excited this time of the year, as he knew that with his sister Helen there on vacation he was surely to get his best meals of the year.
One of her treasures was her eleven grandchildren. She loved to spend time with them, talk to them, and spoil them. To them she was their loving "Grammy" and her grandchildren brought her pure joy. The kids loved the special Halloween bags she would fill up for them for Halloween, the Easter baskets she would give for Easter, and the so very thoughtful Christmas gifts she would start shopping for them every summer. But most of all the kids just loved being with her. Helen was also as pure, innocent, gentle and kind person as there ever was and she will be so sorely missed.
Helen was the beloved wife of William, and the dear mother of Judy (Steve) Gueffroy, Ralph (Michelle) Spuz, and Diane (Jeff) Baranich. Loving Grammy of Lauren, Sarah, Emily, Mary, Brandon, and Luke. Dearest Grandma of Grant, Stephanie, Sophia, Jonathan, and Julianna. Helen is also survived by her sister Matilda Rossi, and was predeceased by her other ten other siblings
Visitation for Helen will be held on Wednesday, December 21st from 3-9 pm, with a 7:00 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Rd) in Warren. She will lie in state on Thursday from 9:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Anne Catholic Church, 32000 Mound Road in Warren. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.
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