Sunday, December 13, 2015

Obituary for HELEN HUFF

In Loving Memory of My Beloved Grandmother

Helen Marie Huff was born March 29, 1928 and passed away at age 87 on Saturday, October 31, 2015.  Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, she later became a long term resident of Minneapolis, where she raised her own family.  During the last seven years of her life, suffering from severe Alzheimer’s, she’d been a resident at the Lakeview Health Center in West Salem, Wisconsin.  Her caretakers admitted her to the hospital on the night of Friday, October 29, 2015 with aspirated pneumonia and congestive heart failure.  

Helen married James Huff.  They had a daughter together, Joann Alma (Huff) Welch, who was born on December 24, 1946.
  Joann and Helen Huff                                   Fred & Joann Welch
Her daughter, Sandra Jean (Maskrey) Grondin was from her second marriage to Richard Maskrey and she was born on December 4, 1953.
Helen with her youngest daughter, Sandi and her brother, Chuck
Helen was a care-taking for her disabled brother, Charles Melco.
She also volunteered throughout her life.  Not only did Helen regularly volunteer during elections, working at the polling station near her home, but she also gave many hours to the organization, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.  Helen loved blue grass music and dancing.  She called bingo and hand-crafted jewelry.
James & Sandra Grondin with Helen Huff
Helen is survived by her younger siblings, Marie Crea and Howard Melco, her grandchildrenJerry Jorgensen, Jodi welch, Julie Northup, and Ed Grondin,
and her great-grandchildrenMcKayla Griffin, Katerina Northup, Stephanie Jorgensen, and David Jorgensen.
            Helen and her brother Chuck                    Helen with her great-granddaughters
with Joann's children - her grandkids -                     McKayla & Katerina Northup
Jerry, Jodi, and Julie                                                          
She was preceded in death by her her brother, Charles Melco and both of her daughters, Joann Welch and Sandra Grondin.
Charles is buried along side their mother at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN.
Joann Welch died on January 18, 2001 and is also buried in a family plot at Resurrection Cemetery.
Sandra Grondin died on November 7, 2008.
Sandi, Julie, and Helen together at Lakeview Health Center
Helen was interred Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN.  No services were held, but a private burial was attended by her sister, Marie and granddaughter, Jodi.
Her daughters, Joann and Sandra and her grandchildren with her great-grandchildren.
McKayla Griffin with her great-grandmother, Helen

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