Age 76, died Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Hillside Terrace in Ann Arbor. She was born February 7, 1944, in Monroe, Michigan, the daughter of Henry & Clara (Vanisacker) D'Haene.  Helen graduated one year early from St. Mary’s Academy in Monroe in 1960. She attended EMU (where she met Jimmy) and also took accounting classes at Cleary College. She was a bookkeeper for several businesses in Ann Arbor including the Big 10 Party Store (for over 20 years), Red Bull, Paesano Resturant, and HSA Builders in Saline. She was very active in the Ann Arbor Moose Lodge. She attended St. Andrew's United Church of Christ in Dexter with her daughter. She liked to read, and enjoyed gardening and canning with her family. She raised several dogs over the years. Most importantly, she was a very supportive mother and grandmother, and enjoyed activities with her granddaughters.

On June 15, 1963, she married Jimmy Oliver at St. Michael Catholic Church in Monroe, and he preceded her in death on Jan 7, 2017. Survivors include her daughter Carolyn (Ray) Lowery of Dexter; a brother, Joseph D'Haene; 2 granddaughters, Alyssa (Jack) Keena, Kristin Lowery; and many nieces & nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, George & Julius; and a sister, Mary Ann Knight.

A private memorial service will be held at Cole Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Charles Bigelow officiating. Burial will be at Arborcrest in Ann Arbor. Memorial contributions may be made to Elara Caring or the Michigan Medicine Alzheimer’s Care Center.

 

A limb has fallen from the family tree that says grieve not for me - 

Remember the Best Times, the Laughter, the Song,

The Good Life I lived while I was strong.

 

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#1 JoAnn Vetter 2020-10-30 13:05
That is a great photo of Helen. She was funny in a quirky sort of way....always willing to help and and always going the extra mile. She loved her friends and family and I know we will all miss her calm, cool and collected attitude about everything.
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