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Helen C. Engman

August 14, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Helen C. Engman, 90, formerly of Dollar Bay and most recently Arbor Green in Houghton, died Sunday morning, Aug. 12, 2012, at Portage Health in Hancock following a short illness.

She was born Nov. 22, 1921, in Hubbell to the late Jesse Fredrick and Geraldine (Connors) Becker. She was a graduate of Lake Linden-Hubbell High School.

On June 4, 1946, she married Wallace Alfred "Wally" Engman. They lived in Dollar Bay from the time of their marriage until the early '90s when they relocated to Arbor Green in Houghton. He preceded her in death June 8, 1999.

Helen was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Houghton, served as Eucharistic minister and belonged to the Altar Society. She was a lifelong member of the Chassell VFW Auxiliary and a member of the Runeberg Lodge in Dollar Bay where she and Wally established many lifelong friendships.

She loved a good time and a good joke. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, plastic canvas, word search, bingo and bowling.

Besides her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her brothers, Harold, Charles, Elmer and Jesse; sisters, Ruth, Madeline and Geraldine; members of the Albert LaRoux family of Hubbell; a son-in-law, Rodney Johnson; by nieces and nephews.

She is survived by a son, Dennis (Judy) Engman of Laurium; a daughter, Mary Ann (Dennis) Kratzke of Marquette; grandchildren, Scott Engman, Ryan (Jennifer) Johnson, Jay (Heidi) Engman, April Wickstrom and Molly Engman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Houghton with Rev. Fr. John Martignon to officiate. Burial will be Hancock's Lakeside Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in her name.

The O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting with arrangements.

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