Helen L. Vanlerberghe

ESCANABA – Helen L. Vanlerberghe, 89, of Escanaba, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Christian Park Village in Escanaba. She was born on July 14, 1924, in Jerseyville, Ill., the daughter of the late Harlen and Ethel (Bittman) Turner. Helen married Lloyd Pearson and later married Howard L. Vanlerberghe in Escanaba.

Helen worked in the produce department at Mel & Elmer’s and Wally’s Grocery in Escanaba. She loved dancing and baby-sitting for others, especially her own grandchildren.

She is survived by six children, Linda (Jim) McDonough, Shirlee Lancour, Joan (Ross) Rhoads, Jim (Joan) Vanlerberghe, Terry (Judy) Vanlerberghe and Dennis Vanlerberghe; one sister, Dorothy Hensel; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, an infant daughter, Susan, a son, Ronald Vanlerberghe, two sisters, Mildred Bellefeuil and Mary Ann Wheelock, and a great-grandson, Brendan Vizineau.

Friends may call from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Allo Coolman Funeral Home in Escanaba. A funeral service to celebrate the life of Helen L. Vanlerberghe will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home with Fr. Emmett Norden officiating. A luncheon will follow services at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Escanaba.

Please visit www.allofh.com to send online condolences to her family.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Christian Park Village for the wonderful care given to Helen over the past couple of years.