Clark, Helen

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Helen Bertha Clark, of Johannesburg, passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017. She was 93.

Helen was born in Johannesburg, on April 12, 1924 to Edwin and Elizabeth (Thompson) Keskine. On December 19, 1942, she married Elwin Clark, with whom she had five children. In addition to being a 4H leader and a member of the Grange, Helen was also an avid quilter.

Helen is survived by her children, Elsie Hughes, Dale (Geraldine) Clark, Stuart (Vicki) Clark, Louise (Jill Ginsberg) Clark, and Don (Corrine) Clark; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Elwin; parents; and siblings Toivo Kotimaki and Marie Duffield.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Gaylord.

Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM until the time of services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Otsego County Animal Shelter. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.

7 comments on “Clark, Helen”

  1. To Don and the family,

    She will be missed. I always told her that I wanted to grow up to be as good at quilting as she was. She has the best ideas of what goes together and wasn’t afraid to use it. I always looked forward to working on her quilts.

    May God bless you and comfort you in your time of grief.

  2. Don, Elsie and family, Helen was a wonderful lady and will surely be missed. What comforts us is we know she is in heaven with the Lord watching over all of us! My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of great loss.


  3. Tom Abramczyk Sr


    Sorry for the loss of your Mom! I didn’t know her all that well but know that she was a big part of the making of a very well liked, respected and good family!!

  4. Pat Makins - Haskill

    Dear Don and Family,

    I am sorry for your loss. The Lord has taken another of our angels home.
    Our prayers are with you at this time.


  5. Stuart and Vicki, So sorry for your loss. Mom’s are so special in our lives. Sandy Lince and I worked at the school in Supt office and both of us have wondered how you are doing. Sure missed you teaching in Millington. You were such a fine young man. So, from Sandy and I, we pray that the Lord will be with you and your family during these hard days ahead. Bless all of you, Judy Dodd and Sandy Lince, too

  6. Don and Family:
    Deepest condolences from Carrie and Myself on the loss of such a wonderful person. I have many fond memories of her in my time as part of the family. I know Renee will welcome her to heaven as she was so fond of Mrs. Clark as well.

  7. Our deepest sympathy is with your family as it grieves the loss of an extraordinary women. Mrs.Clark was always a very kind women and we all loved to engage in conversations with her. She will be missed by our whole staff, God bless

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