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William F. Helmcke

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WILLIAM F. HELMCKE ALSIP, IL William F. Helmcke, age 70, passed away peacefully in his home in Alsip, IL on December 23, 2012 surrounded by immediate family. He was the beloved husband for 51 years of Margaret (nee Slugocki); loving father of Leslie (Brian) Boudreau-Jones, William M., and Rebecca (H. James) Miedema; precious grandfather of Corey, Cody, and "PePe" to Owen, Marika, Annika, and Jameson; brother of Lynette Grossman; son of the late William F. and Leona (nee Borowski); cherished nephew of the late Lillian Helmcke, and Bill and Gretchen Adank; treasured grandson of the late Wilhelm F. and Rose. William was born on November 20, 1942 in Calumet City, IL. He was a musician extraordinaire, teacher, coach, and sports enthusiast. He lived life hard and loved even harder. To be in his circle was to be in his heart. Bill's quick wit, intelligence, and talent will be greatly missed. The heavens will rumble as Bill has come home, for the fearless, South Side musician has brought his accordion, and the band will play on... Cremation services private. Info: Becvar & Son Funeral Home (708) 824-9000.

Published in The Times on Dec. 30, 2012