ONTONAGON - Helen Ann (Robert) Drew, 81, passed away on Monday May 13, 2013, at the Aspirus Long Term Care from salivary gland cancer.
She was born May 18, 1931, in Ontonagon, the only daughter of Joseph and Sophie Moskwa. She attended the Ontonagon Schools, graduating with the class of 1948.
Helen married her high school sweetheart, Bob Drew in 1949, at the Holy Family Catholic Church by Rev. Owen J. Bennet.
She worked at Hecox Hardware as a bookkeeper. In 1967, she went to work as Director of Ontonagon Village Housing Commission. She worked in that position for 28 years, retiring in May 1995.
Helen was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and also a member of St. Judes Circle Altar Guild. She also belonged to a sewing club and a Pinochle club.
She always put other's needs ahead of her own and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
To anyone who knew Helen, knew that she dearly loved all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Sophie (Mazurek) Moskwa; her in-laws Floyd and Veronica (Clisch) Drew; sister-in-law Betty Moskwa; brothers-in-law John Drew and Jim Drew; sisters-in-law, Jane Drew and Mary Jane Malcore; nieces Nancy Drew and Linda Moskwa.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bob; daughters, Jean (Ray) Jadin of Lexington, SC and Sally (Ken) Jarvey of Ontonagon; sons Michael (Patti) Drew of Ontonagon and Pat Drew of Green Bay, Wis.; nine grandchildren, Michael Jadin of Lexington, S.C., John (Susan) Jadin of Columbia, S.C., Tammy ( Neil) Ahola of Hancock, and Renae (Randy Sahs) Dubey of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Josh (Anna) Drew of Negaunee and Jennifer (Jeremy) Raymond of Negaunee, Adam, Bailey and Dane Drew of Green Bay, Wis.; ten great grandchildren; Sean Jadin, Taylor Kaiponen, Zach Ahola, Brandon Jadin, Jerry Jadin, Payton, Daylyn and Dyceson Drew, Seth Raymond and Thaddeus Sahs; her brothers, Joe Moskwa of Ontonagon and John Moskwa of Dundee, Mich.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving is a special "adopted" grandson, Mike Mansell of N.Y.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, in the Holy Family Catholic Church in Ontonagon. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services on Friday, May 24, 2013, at the church. Burial will be in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that donations be made to the Beacon House in Marquette or the Ontonagon Cancer Society.
To view Helen's obituary or to send condolences to her family please visit memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock has been assisting the family with arrangements.