Helen Marie McMackin (1924 - 2015)

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Helen Marie McMackin, 91, St. Cloud, Minn., died July 3, 2015, at St. Benedict's Senior Community in St. Cloud, Minn.
Born Feb. 11, 1924, in Brockway, she was a daughter of Dale and Kathleen (McCauley) Schaffner. She married John James McMackin on June 18, 1949 in Brockway, where they together raised their four children: Cynthia, John, Christopher and Shaun.
Helen and John also spent happy years in Toledo, Ohio and Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. She moved to St. Cloud in 2010 to be closer to her daughter.
She was a mother and homemaker who devoted her life to her family and to her Catholic faith.
Among her many interests was art. Working mostly in pastels, she specialized in portraits and landscapes. Her portraits featured her children, and her landscapes featured the flowers of her garden.
Survivors include her children; a sister, Mae Rue Hutchison of Stow, Ohio; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; a sister, Joanne Truesdale; and a brother, Dale Schaffner Jr.
A memorial mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015, at St. Benedict's.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Benedict's Senior Community, 1810 Minnesota Blvd. SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304.
Published in The Courier Express from July 15 to July 16, 2015