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Helen Elizabeth Wilcox, 75, of Owosso, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Hospice House of Mid Michigan, Lansing.
A memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9 a.m. at St. Cyril's Catholic Church, Bannister with Rev. Fr. Bill Gruden officiating. Burial will take place at Ford Cemetery, Gratiot County. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 2 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. with a Scripture service held at 7 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie.
Helen was born in Hamtramck on March 10, 1942, the daughter of John and Mary (Ruzinsky) Fatura. She graduated from Elsie High School with the class of 1960. Later in life, she went on to attended Central Michigan University and received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Helen married LeRoy Wilcox on Oct. 29, 1960 at St. Cyril's Catholic Church in Bannister. LeRoy passed away on Oct. 8, 2006.
Helen enjoyed gardening, reading and volunteering. She spent many years managing three specialty clinics in Traverse City specializing in drug and alcohol therapy, midwife and Alzheimer's. She retired and she and LeRoy moved to St. Cloud, Florida in 1995. She worked part time at Disney World and then went on to manage the human resource department for the city of St. Cloud. Helen was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso. She had also been a eucharistic minister at other churches where she was a member.
She is survived by her children, Lisa Zimmerman, of Traverse City, Gregory and Valerie Wilcox, of Painsville, Ohio, Dana Bosak and Wade Hobby, of Orlando, Florida, Eric and Dawn Wilcox, of Westland; grandchildren, Cory Dunham, Candice and Sean Silver, Casey Dunham, Colt Dunham, Brian and Angel Wilcox, Shawn Wilcox, Nicholas, Alexander, and Jessica Bosak, Deric, Collin, Beau, and Ambrose Wilcox; six great-grandchildren, Rhys, Phoenix, Calie, Claire, Luke and Vincent. She is also survived by her siblings, Mary Ann and Jerry Horn, John and Paula Fatura, Lillian and Bruce Bigham; and sister-in-law, Carolyn Davis.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and her father and mother-in-law, Harland and Muriel Wilcox; and brother-in-law, Doug Davis.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association or National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.
Online condolences for the family can be made at www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie.
Published on April 11, 2017
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