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Helen Jane Norkus
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Obituary for Helen Jane Norkus

Helen Jane Norkus, age 91 of Berkley, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at home. She was born May 1, 1927 in Detoit to Floyd and Margaret Swartz.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Jerry) DuRocher, Karen Proxmire, and Nancy (Ken) Tikkanen; grandchildren, Renee (Jeff) Crook, Beth (Chris) Klompstra, Jerry (Christy) DuRocher, Brian Proxmire, Matthew Proxmire, Kari (Tom) Marshall, Michele (Joe) Sepesi, Jason Tikkanen, Chris Tikkanen, and Chad Tikkanen; great grandchildren, Tyler, Nichole, Taylor, Connor, Dustin, Dylan, and Tommy; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Swartz; and brother-in-law, Ken Hornick. Preceding her in death are her loving husband of 63 years, Norman, whom she married November 22, 1946 in Detroit; her parents; her dear daughter, Sandra; and her siblings, Charlotte, Janet, and Byron.

Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She and Norm lived in the same house in Berkley since they built it in 1948. She worked at Burton Elementary until 2009, retiring at age 82. She also enjoyed boating with her husband and shopping at Macy’s and Meijer. Her kindness and love for her family will be dearly missed.

A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, August 11 from 1:00 PM until the time of the memorial service 4:00 PM at the Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home, 2125 12 Mile Road, Berkley (two blocks west of Woodward Avenue).

Her cremated remains will be inurned with her husband at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2125 Twelve Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072





4:00 PM
Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2125 Twelve Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072

Cemetery Details


Great Lakes National Cemetery

4200 Belford Road
Holly, Michigan 48442

Memorial Contribution

Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue

2601 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216

Do Only Good Animal Rescue

P.O. Box 81601
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48308

Detrot Dog Rescue

P.O. Box 806119
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

Canine Companions Rescue Center

P.O. Box 1017
Clarkston, MI 48347

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