Helen Kardas

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Helen Kardas

Helen Kardas, 100, passed away on December 7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 18, 1917, to Stanley and Mary Balon. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Emil Kardas; her sisters, Mary Balon, Gertrude Bilski and Ester Gajda; and brothers Stanley Joseph and Sylvester (Spud) Balon.

She is survived by her children, Gerald Kardas and his wife, Cathleen Deborah Bruno, Theresa Stapleton and Chip Kardas and his wife, Deborah; her grandchildren, Mark Kardas and his wife Julcsi, Jeff Kardas, Andy Bruno and his wife Brittney, Daniel and McKayla Kardas; and great-grandchildren, Lucca and Maddox Bruno.

Helen lived a long and eventful life. Although Helen and Emil were born and raised in Detroit, Emil's employment with Ford Motor Company moved them around the Great Lakes - Buffalo, Cleveland and eventually to

Chicago Heights, Illinois where they lived for 50+ years and raised their family.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Elmcroft for the wonderful care and love they gave our mother over the last five years and special thanks to Ambercare Hospice for their care and concern as well.

Cremation has already taken place and a celebration of Helen's life will be held at a later time.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 31, 2017