NEGAUNEE, Mich. - Helen St. Arnaud, whose Sisu was challenged by a 10-year struggle with Alzheimer's, died peacefully at home on October 23, 2012.
Helen was born on June 24, 1926 in Ishpeming to Nestor and Laina (Larmi) Erkkila, was a graduate of Negaunee High School, Class of 1944, and was a lifelong Negaunee resident. She married Frederick C. St. Arnaud on June 29, 1957. She worked throughout her life at Miller News, Levine Brothers, Immanuel Lutheran Church, as a daycare provider and retired as Treasurer of the City of Negaunee.
Mrs. St. Arnaud was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Negaunee and the Miriam Circle.
She was active in the Negaunee Fire Department Auxiliary, Negaunee Lady Elks and Negaunee /Ishpeming Women's Bowling League. Helen enjoyed spending time with family and being at camp where "It is always beautiful at Lake Arfelin" and looking after the needs of others.
Helen is survived by daughters Mary Paulson, Brighton, MI, Lynn (Scott) Bowman, Negaunee and son David St. Arnaud, Skandia. Grandchildren: Amy (Ed) Broxterman, Olathe, KS; Dustin and Dallas St. Arnaud, Skandia; Parker and Jessica Bowman, Negaunee; brothers Ray (Clara) Erkkila, St. Charles, MO, and Jack (Nancy) Erkkila, Solon, OH; along with several nieces and nephews, along with her friend of 78 years, Edna Laurila and her current caregivers: Michelle Wills, Betty Tobin, Nicole Illikainen, Robyn Lavey, Diane King, Korie Champion, Libbi Olson, Shasta Olson and Melissa Neuffer. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son-in-law Randy Paulson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Marcia Solberg officiating. Burial will be in the Negaunee Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Friday at the Koskey Funeral Home and from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Dustin and Dallas St. Arnaud, Parker Bowman, Ed Broxterman, nephew Dennis Parker and cousin John Vine.
Helen's favorite poem was: "So bring me all your flowers now, yellow, pink, blue and red. I would rather have one blossom now, then a truckload when I'm dead." In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family to organizations that provided for her care.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.koskeyfuneralhome.com