Helen Estelle McClathchey(1915 - 2014)

McClatchey, (Thill) Helen Estelle. The family of Helen Estelle, age 98, a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan formerly of Grosse Ile, Michigan, announce the passing of their mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Helen passed away Friday, March 21, 2014 after a short illness. Helen was born May 26, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan to Harry and Alice Thill. Helen grew up in Wyandotte, Michigan; graduated St. Mary’s Academy and graduated Marygrove College in 1937. Helen is predeceased by her beloved husband, Kenneth F. McClatchey and her eldest son, Dr. Kenneth D. McClatchey. She is survived by her children Barbara Simonds of Princeton, NJ; Dr. Ronald McClatchey (Karen) of Traverse City, MI; Mary Lynn Kramer (Doug dec.) of Chicago, IL; Nancy Stein (Dr. Robert) of Buffalo, NY; Colleen McClatchey of Ann Arbor, MI; and Martha McClatchey (Dr. Kenneth dec.) of Ann Arbor. Her greatest joy were her 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Her grandchildren include: Sean McClatchey, Suki McClatchey, Suni McClatchey, Stephen McClatchey (Laurie); Chandler Simonds III, Robert Simonds (Michelle), Christian Simonds (Gillian), Reed Simonds (Susanna); Katie Hall (McClatchey)(Brian), Kevin McClatchey, Shannon McClatchey; Emily Hodge (Zachary), Erin Stein, Elizabeth Stein, Ellina Stein; Kara Kramer. Great grandchildren are: Sophia and Alex McClatchey; Amelia and Alayna Simonds; Colton, Georgia, and Casey Simonds; Harper Simonds; Isabelle and Caroline Hall; Annabel and Mason Hodge. Helen dearly cherished her ever growing family. Helen and Ken lived briefly in Detroit, Michigan; moved their growing family to Grosse Ile, Michigan, and finally moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1965. She worked in the Wayne County Library System as Children’s Librarian in Trenton and Plymouth and then Head Librarian in the cities of Northville and Belleville. After retirement Helen volunteered in the Library of St Francis of Assisi School, Ann Arbor, MI. She tirelessly knit hats for the infants at University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital, delivering them into the hands of happy and grateful nurses of the Neonatal Unit. Never missing a home game, up to and including this season Helen could be found every Saturday, in Michigan Stadium cheering on her beloved Maize and Blue. A devout Catholic, she was a founding member of St Francis of Assisi parish, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Visitation was held Monday, March 24, 2014, at Muehlig Funeral Chapel, of Ann Arbor, Michigan. A funeral mass in celebration of her life was held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at St Francis of Assisi Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Interment was at Washtenong Memorial Cemetery. Donations may be made to: St Francis of Assisi Parish, 2150 Frieze Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 - to the benefit of St. Francis of Assisi School Library: specify and address to the attention of Fr. James Conlon. The Kenneth D. McClatchey Scholarship Fund: specify and address to The University of Michigan Medical Development Office, 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-685. The Neonatal Unit of The University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital: specify and address to The University of Michigan Medical Development Office, 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6815. Please visit www.muehligannarbor.com to leave the family your condolences.

Funeral Home

Muehlig Funeral Chapel
403 South Fourth Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 663-3375
Published in Heritage Newspapers on Apr. 4, 2014