Helen M. Cortez, Saginaw Township , Michigan

Passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at her home surrounded by her loving family at the age of 73 years. Helen M. Flores was born July 1, 1936 in Irishtown, Michigan. She was employed by Saginaw Public Schools as a teacher, retiring in 2004. She married Hernan (Herman) Cortez on March 3, 1962; he survives her. Helen was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Surviving besides her husband are one daughter and three sons and their spouses, Sandra and Victor Diaz, Saginaw; Gordon and Debbie Cortez, Saginaw; Hernan Cortez, Jr. and his wife Stella, Saginaw; Lorenzo and Nancy Cortez, San Antonio, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 20 brothers and sisters; many nieces and nephews. Funeral liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 5, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 915 S. 6th St. Rev. Daniel Anholzer, OFM, Cap. will officiate. Friends may call at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Rd., from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday where they may meet with family at 7:00 p.m. for a prayer service. They may then call at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral liturgy. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Heartland Hospice. www.casefuneralhome.com