Obituary for Joseph Alfonse Helsen

Joseph Alfonse Helsen

Birth Date: Mar. 5th, 1932
Date Passed: Mar. 3rd, 2015


Joseph Alfonse Helsen Sr. age 82 of Ravenna died, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Mercy General Health-Mercy Campus surrounded by his loving family. Joseph was born on March 5, 1932 in Wright Township, Michigan to the late Alfonse and Louise (VanDunn) Helsen. Joe married Mary Helen (Levandowski) Helsen on October 13, 1956 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Ravenna. Joe served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked for Sealed Power for 36 years retiring in 1994. Joe loved his family, farming and woodworking in his shop. Joseph is survived by his wife of 58 years: Mary “Helen” Helsen of Ravenna, 1 Daughter: Joan and Madison Helsen-Lauer of Spring Lake. 4 Sons: Joseph (Kerri) Helsen Jr. of Cloverville, John (Debbie) Helsen, Jim (Cheryl) Helsen and Jerry (Jamie) Helsen all of Ravenna. 17 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren. 1 Brother: Gene (Margaret) Helsen of Ravenna, 2 Sisters: Bernadine Klein of Kenowa, Mi and Josephine (Jim) Piccard of Marne. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Brother: Ike Helsen, 4 Sisters: Margaret Helsen, Marie Stuhan, Kate Morgan and Betty Klein. Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 10:30am at the St. Catherines Catholic Church in Ravenna with Father Fred Brucker celebrant. Burial will be at St. Catherines Catholic Cemetery. The family will be at the St. Catherines Hall on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm to receive friends. The Rosary will be prayed at 8:00pm. Memorials may be directed to: St. Catherines Cross Fund or Masses. Go to: or Facebook @ Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna Inc to sign the online guestbooks. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511


2:00pm to 4:00pm and
6:00pm to 8:00pm on
Mar. 8th, 2015 at St. Catherine's Hall
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10:30am on Mar. 9th, 2015 at St. Catherines Catholic Church
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on Mar. 9th, 2015 at
St. Catherines Catholic Cemetery
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