Helen I. Karkau

Helen I. Karkau born February 19, 1923 and passed away on October 26, 2013.

Helen was married to the love of her life, Martin Karkau for 48 ½ years he preceded her in death in 1990.  She was also preceded in death by her parents Earl and Marion Morey; sister Virginia; and brother Robert.

Helen is survived by her beloved children Richard and Beverly Karkau of Arizona, Marilyn and Patrick Kane of Colorado and Kenneth and Wendy Karkau of Tennessee; she is also survived by 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Helen was a member of Emanuel First Lutheran Church since 1941 and was a member of the Sr. Choir for 34 years.  She was also a member of the Ladies Missionary Society; a part time volunteer at Holt Home; a member of the Prime Timers; and also worked for the Secretary of State for 12 ½ years.  Helen was a long time fashion model at Green’s Ladies apparel store in Lansing, MI.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 1, 2013, at Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1001 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906. Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2013, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.  Burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.  Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Shaya Baird
October 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

We are thankful that our grandmas is no longer suffering or in pain but will be reunited w/her beloved husband (grandpa) & in a place with no suffering. We loved her!

Ruth, Karl & Chris Janetzke
November 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

This message is for the family of Helen.

Ruth cannot send this herself so we are doing it for her. They have been best friends for a very long time. When Helen lived in Michigan she called Ruth a lot just to be sure she was okay. When she left the State, then cards and letters were always sent to Ruth. Helen would use pictures Marilyn had taken to make those cards. When Ruth lived with us she would read and reread these cards. When it got to the point she couldn’t read anymore, we read them to her. At the nursing home those cards were posted to her bulletin board as well as pictures of her and Helen in a collage. When we called Helen, they talked for a long time and we could tell she remembered Helen. This was a most special friendship that went back many years. Helen always ended her letters with “Hugs and prayers to you. I’ll see you in heaven someday.” We want you to know just how special Helen was in so many ways! Hugs and prayers to all of you.


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