Bay City, Michigan
Helen age 86, went to her eternal peace Saturday September 24, 2011 at Brian’s House. She was born in January 27, 1925 in Bay City, Michigan to the late Edward J. “Ted” and Rachel (Rivet) Schumann as the sixth of their twelve children.
A graduate of Mercy School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, Helen served in the Cadet Nursing Corps during World War II. She devoted nearly forty years of her life to her profession, caring for patients and mentoring nurses. She was a surgical nurse for many years in Bay City. She loved her time on pediatrics though she ran a burn unit at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Lake Worth, Florida. Helen retired from nursing as the Assistant Director of Nursing at Tolfree Memorial Hospital in West Branch, MI.
After learning computer skills at age 71, Helen embarked on her final career as a billing clerk for The DBS Companies for over fifteen years. She worked until the month prior to her death.
She is survived by her daughters: Rachelle “Shelly” (Charles) Lowery and Randy Marie (Mark) Daigler; daughter in-law, Patricia (Rabish) Roberts. Helen had three grandsons: Lance (Kathy) Bushnell, Jason (Andra) Cooley, Matthew Daigler and his dearest Stefania Samayoa, four granddaughters: Amy Daigler (Aaron Andersen), Jessica Daigler (Shawn Fergus), Amanda (Matthew) Lopez, and Barbara (John) Arrient. Blessed with twelve great grandchildren she took joy in Alexander, Zachery, Erik, Stuart, Ayden, Briana, Hailey, Marissa Cora, Mia, Vivian, and her namesake Beatrice Helen. Helen had the pleasure of having 47 nieces and nephews from her eleven siblings. Helen is also survived by her sister Geraldine (Donald) Beson, and sisters-in-law, Betty (James “Bud”) Schumann and Julia (A.J. “Al”) Hubert, and her three God-children: Donald DeMatio, Suzanne (Hubert) Reynolds and Edward Schumann. Helen will be missed by her dear friends Leonard and Joan Kaczarowski, and Betty Schable.
Helen was predeceased by her only son Robert L. Roberts. She was also predeceased by her sisters and brothers and in-law siblings, Genieve (Earl) Denomme, Katherine (Edward) Stokoe, LeRoy (Lucille) Schumann, James “Bud” (Ellen) Schumann, Louise (Eugene) DeMatio, Patricia (Max) Leitermann, EJ “Mike” (Yvonne) Schumann, Mary Ellen (Robert) Grout, Carol (A.J. “Al”) Hubert, Bernadette “Sally” (Theodore “Ted”) Ciaciuch, Donald Beson and predeceased by her nephew Jack Norton and nieces Jill Campbell, Pam Asevedo, Janet Reaume, Joanne Schumann.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday September 29th at 10:00am at Holy Trinity Church, 1008 S. Wenona Street. Fr. Bert Gohm will celebrate Mass and interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00pm, Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Thursday after 9:00am. A Parish Vigil Service for Helen will be held Wednesday at 6:30pm. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Brian’s House or Holy Trinity Church.