12/20/1936 – 7/25/2011
Helen L. Shaffer, age 74, of Crystal, passed away at her home on Monday, July 25, 2011. She was born December 20, 1936 in Eastpointe, Michigan, the daughter of Chauncey & Betty (Gajor) Hays.
On March 26, 1955, Helen was married to Norman E. Shaffer in Livonia, Michigan. He preceded her in death on March 23, 1999. Also preceding her in death were her parents, a daughter, Cynthia Showalter, a granddaughter, Sandra Roll, one sister, Mary Listerman and a brother, Forest Hays.
Surviving are her children, Mary Ann Shaffer of Six Lakes, Norman Shaffer of Crystal and Craig & Laurie Shaffer of Sheridan, ten grandchildren, Trisha & Dan Criss, Mandy Tyler, Sydni Shaffer, Jack Tyler III, Tina & Craig Hamilton, Shannon & Ben Masuoka, Mandy & Brad Harris, Ryan Teegardin, Trenton Shaffer and Delanie Shaffer plus ten great grandchildren, Danny, James, Orion, Gunnar, Aiden, Alyssa, Audrey, Gabriel, Nathan and Aaron.
Helen has been a longtime resident of Crystal, was a member of the Sheridan Congregational Church and also the Stanton American Legion Post 452 Auxiliary.
Funeral services will be held at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan on Friday, July 29, 2011 beginning at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Phil VanDop officiating. Interment will be at the Crystal Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.
The family has suggested for those desiring to do so that memorial considerations can be made to the Sheridan Congregational Church. There will be envelopes available at the funeral home.
On 7/26/2011 The Girls from Chemical Bank Crystal said:
We have lost a wonderful lady. She will be greatly missed with her quick wit and always making us laugh. Showing her appreciation to us would include home made dinners she would bring to the bank for us all. She was a fabulous cook! She was a friend to all young & old alike. We miss you Helen, but we know you are in a better place. Keep them laughing like you did us.
On 7/26/2011 Laura said:
Rest in Peace, Aunt Helen. I know you have everyone in tears in heaven, laughing at your dirty jokes.
On 7/26/2011 Mary Shaffer said:
Dear Lord, if you’re listening, you took a wonderful woman, Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, Aunt and Great Aunt today. All I ask is that she find happiness and peace in your arms. I’ll miss her, but I trust in you.
On 7/26/2011 Connie Miller said:
Craig, Mary Ann & Norm, I had the best times just sitting at the kitchen table watching the birds outside and talking with your Mom. Distance never separated our friendship. She was full of p&v but had the biggest heart, always there for those she loved. She will be missed.
On 7/26/2011 Craig & Tina Hamilton said:
We love you all. If you ever need anything let us know. Love, Craig, Tina and Alyssa
On 7/27/2011 Diane Palazzola said:
Aunt Helen, you were the best Aunt anyone could ask for. You have always been there when I needed to talk or just laugh over some great joke. You were like the mother I haven’t had in so many year. God bless you and I know your at peace now and in good hands. See you when we are all together again. P.S. the kids and I have promised to keep the family close. Luv you Diane
On 7/27/2011 Shari Beach said:
Craig, Laurie and family: We are sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Kim & Shari @ Parker-Arntz
On 7/27/2011 Diane Allen said:
I’m saddened to hear that we’ve all lost such a wonderful person this week. She was like another mom to me for so many years. Since moving away I’ve missed her stories and caring way, she always took care of me. I have lots of good memories and hope that everyone else does too and can hold on to the good times with her. Take care and God bless the family.
On 7/27/2011 Dave Manakis said:
You will always be mom to me thank you for the wonderful memories and the Jokes we shared I will never forget those cups of coffee we shared Thank you for always making me feel at home at your house. But most of all thank you for teaching me about the flowers and birds … In thoughts of you always David
On 7/28/2011 Tanya Pieprzyk said:
Aunt Helen was the strongest most and most incredible women I knew…..Braved many storms and always held her head up high….She will be missed…and her name will always bring a smile to my face!
On 12/24/2011 Paul & Maria Burgess said:
We have lost a wonderful friend, may she rest in peace. Condolances to all the family. Paul & Maria Burgess