Helen Hart, 81, of Morenci, Mich., died Saturday, June 23, 2007, at Bixby Medical Center in Adrian, Mich.
She was born Sept. 14, 1925, in Detroit, Mich., to John and Mary (Pavkovic) Durjan. She married Russell Neal Hart on April 21, 1943, in Morenci and he survives.
Helen was a life-long Morenci area resident, member of the Morenci United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary and United Methodist Women. She was a volunteer at Grand Court in Adrian and enjoyed arts, crafts, flowers, cards and especially the game of canasta.
Surviving Helen besides her husband Russell of Morenci are two daughters, Barbara (and Ken) Vallieu of Hillsdale, Mich., and Esther (and Tom) Gilbert of Onsted, Mich.; one son, Roger (and Lisa) Hart of Tecumseh, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Brian (and Mary) Vallieu of Midland, Mich.; Kristin (and Geoff) Malosh of Pittsburgh, Pa., Matt (and Beth) Girdham of Bollingbrook, Ill., Joline Girdham of Bollingbrook, Jeff (and Kay) Gilbert of Onsted, Mich., Joe (and Rachelle) Gilbert of Tecumseh, Jeremey Gilbert of Tecumseh, Sarah and Anneka Hart, both of Tecumseh; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Martha (and Harold) Waterbury of Metamora, Ohio, Betty Marsh of Morenci and Margaret (and Ron) Wheeler of Wauseon, Ohio; one brother, Martin (and Ann) Durjan of Portland, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, three brothers, one daughter and two great-granddaughters.
A Celebration of Life for Helen is planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. William VanValkenburg and Mr. Bob Dister officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Hospice of Lenawee County.