Helen W. Matelski, 95, formerly of Gaylord, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Hastings, Michigan.

She was born to Martin and Helen (Fluder) Jurek on February 19, 1925, in Gaylord, Michigan.

Helen loved Northern Michigan, car adventures, going on walks, and just being in the great outdoors.  She would tell anyone who would listen, about the wildlife she saw, especially deer, turkey, or bear. Helen was quite a jokester and an avid card player with questionable tactics. She loved to laugh, and there was always a smile on her face. She looked forward to spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and baking while listening to Polish music. Helen was also a faithful Catholic.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph; and daughter, Bonnie Taylor.

Helen is survived by her children, Sharon (Louis) Valich of Arlington, TX, James (Lisa) Matel of Auburn Hills, MI, Cynthia (Phil) Lancaster of Hastings, MI, Rebecca (David) Arwine of Troy, MI; son-in-law, Tom Taylor of Gilbert, AZ; grandchildren, Christine Taylor, Charles Valich, Dana Valich, Brian Lancaster, and Joseph Arwine; seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 27, 2020, at St. Mary Cathedral, 606 N. Ohio Ave., Gaylord, MI, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or a Mass in her memory at St. Mary Cathedral, Gaylord, MI.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49735.

www.nelsonsfuneralhome.com