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Helen Simon

April 7, 1924 October 31, 2017
Helen Simon
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Obituary for Helen Simon

Helen Gliga Simon, a longtime resident of Milford, died on October 31, 2017, at the age of 93.

Helen was born on April 7, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan, one of four daughters raised by Frances Noga and Joseph Kasiska. She grew up in Dearborn and was a graduate of Fordson High School. Following high school, Helen met Charlie Gliga, the “boy next door”, who was home from the war and recovering from war wounds. After a brief courtship, Helen and Charlie married in 1946, made their home in Dearborn and were blessed with their two children, Richard and Frances.

Helen and Charlie enjoyed sixteen years of marriage before Charlie's untimely death in 1961, much too young from cancer and war ailments. Following his loss, Helen became focused on her career and raising her children. She continued her work at Crowley’s Department Store, quickly climbing from sales to floor manager. Helen was determined, strong willed and personable, with an “iron fist in a velvet glove” personality that suited her well for her work in sales and as manager, and as a role model for her children. She taught her children to be independent and to never, ever give up in the face of adversity.

In 1966, Helen married Stephen Simon and following Helen’s retirement from Crowley’s in 1985, the couple moved from Dearborn to Milford to be closer to family. Helen and Stephen became active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and were entrenched in the Milford community. The couple could be seen walking Main Street, visiting the shops, stopping for coffee and socializing. Helen began working at the information booth at Twelve Oaks Mall, until she was 82 years old.

As Helen grew older, she embraced and enjoyed her role as grandmother to her own grandchildren, as well as many others, especially those who would visit her booth at the mall. She had a way of making everyone feel special and loved. The great grandchildren loved visiting their "Grandma Sim”, sharing special treats and many warm hugs with her. A few years ago, Helen was able to celebrate her ninetieth birthday with all of her family, former co-workers and dear friends. Helen was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by her loving daughter and best friend, Fran (Mike) Teasdale; her dear grandchildren: Jack (Daralyn) and their children, Abigail, McKenna, Grace, Owen; Adam (Kristen) and their daughter, Beatrix; Michele Elrod and her children, Lucas and Elisabeth; Marianne Ehliger; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM, in procession to St. Mary Catholic Church, 1955 E. Commerce St., Milford, with Mass of the Resurrection at 11 AM. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090 or to the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. 2121 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037.

For further information phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645.


Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

4

Nov

9:30 AM 11/4/2017 9:30:00 AM - 10:45 AM 11/4/2017 10:45:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Visitation 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM, in procession to St. Mary Catholic Church, Milford for 11 AM Mass

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

4

Nov

11:00 AM 11/4/2017 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows

1955 E. Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381

St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce St. Milford 48381 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Final Resting Place

25800 W. 10 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48033

25800 W. 10 Mile Road Southfield 48033 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's Association

P.O. Box 96011
Washington, DC 20090

Lupus Foundation of America, Inc

2121 K Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20037
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