Suminski, Helen Mae, Hemlock, Michigan

Beautiful and loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at HealthSource Saginaw, at the age of 76 years. Helen was born May 23, 1934 to the late Luther and Alice Rainsberger in Turner, Michigan. She graduated from Arenac Eastern in 1952 and Northeastern School of Commerce in 1953. Helen married Walter Suminski on September 26, 1953. Helen and Walt welcomed six beloved children into their lives. At the age of 52, with all the children successfully raised, Helen became an airplane pilot. She and Walt took three years building an airplane, which they flew all over the United States, visiting their children. She volunteered much of her time to the Midland Barstow Airport Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter #1093, where she was instrumental in hundreds of children receiving their first flight, becoming Young Eagles, including her grandchildren. Helen’s special attributes included kindness, warmth, gentleness, love of children, love of people, love of life. She found joy in gardening. Perhaps her motto would be “the greatest things in life aren’t things.” Helen is survived by her husband Walter, children Mark (Margaret) Suminski of Frankenmuth; Steve (Cindy) Suminski of St. Augustine, Florida; Denise (Mike) Ockert, Saginaw; Joe (Linda) Suminski, Pleasant Hill, Oregon; Mary (Steve) Wade, Turner, Maine; Paul (companion Cathy) Suminski, Turner, Maine; she delighted in having 13 grandchildren, Nick, Stephanie, Luke, Sarah, Hannah, Jessi, Jason, Kelly, Brian, Travis, Andrea, Ashley and Spencer; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie (LeRoy) Peterson, Saginaw; Emily (John) Butts, Bay City; several nieces and nephews; Helen’s devoted dog, Missy. Helen was preceded in death by an adopted brother, Kenneth. A big thank you for the loving care and support to the staff of HealthSource where she made many friends. A celebration of Helen’s life will take place at 12:00 noon Friday, January 21, 2011 at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty). Pastor David Wilczynski will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home where the family will be present on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org. www.snowfuneralhome.net