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Helen J. Jerrett

Helen passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Kalkaska Long Term Care.

She was born September 15, 1919, in Grand Junction, the daughter of Homer and Pearl (King) Evans. While her husband was stationed in Arizona she worked on the U.S Army base and then at Western Michigan University for 20 years retiring in 1983 as the administrative assistant of the Industrial Technology Department.

Helen enjoyed taking care of her children and following and helping with all of their activities. She was a leader with the Twin Lakes 4-H and was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego. In her free time Helen stayed busy canning and freezing food for her family. On July 10, 1943 she married H. Ross Jerrett Jr. who passed away in 2006.

Surviving are her daughter, Susan (Thomas) Sawasky of Mancelona; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Jerrett of Port Huron; grandchildren, Laura, Todd (Bridget), Heather and Chad; great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Kayla, Jacob, Luke, Owen and Nickolai and her sister, Blanche Wilkinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Harris R. “Jerry” Jerrett III; sisters, Ethel Michaud, Maude Butler, Florence Nelson and June Overhiser and her brothers, Clare, Ralph, Bob, Mart and Lawrence Evans.

Friends may visit with Helen’s family starting at 12:30 P.M., Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Green Bauer Cemetery in Kalamazoo, until the time of the graveside service at 1:00 P.M. with celebrant, MaryAnn DeVries officiating.

Contributions in memory of Helen may be made to First Congregational Church of Otsego or to Heartland Hospice.

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Jan (Meacham) Gerhart

July 24, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Susan and Family, So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a lovely person and a great friend to my Mom. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you she was a wonderful mother, too, and hopefully all the good memories you have of her will give you peace and help you thru this difficult time. My thoughts are with you.

Jan (Meacham) Gerhart


Fred & Ruth Greenway

July 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm

Sue, we are sorry for you and your family’s loss. Your mother was a wonderful person, who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We always enjoyed and will remember her with great fondness.


Rachel Letts

July 27, 2020 at 10:22 pm

I will greatly miss Helen. She was such a sweet woman and will always have a special place in my heart. Sending lots be and prayers to her family at this time xoxo


charles Overhiser

July 28, 2020 at 5:01 pm

Susan, and Mary Lou and Family, Dorothy and I are saddened at the loss of your Mother and Mother-in-law and send our condolences to you and your family. Aunt Helen was a terrific women. She had almost as many nieces and nephews as Heinz has pickles, but she always had time for all of us —expressing interest, encouragement, and her special brand of “Helen Humor.” She was a Treasure on loan from God and now God has called her back. May God also be with you in this time of deep sorrow.


Chuck Overhiser


Ron & Gail (Foster) Tutewiler

July 28, 2020 at 7:26 pm

Sue & family,

So sorry for the loss of your mom (and grandmother). You are in our thoughts & prayers.


Sally Thaxton Betzner

July 31, 2020 at 6:27 pm

Sue prayers to you and your family


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