Helen E. Huff

GLADSTONE – Helen E. Huff, 85, of Gladstone, and currently residing at Christian Park Health Care Facility in Escanaba, passed away early Wednesday morning, July 23, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital.

Helen was born June 10, 1929, in Munising, the daughter of Eino and Eini Maki. She was raised in Munising and attended the Munising schools. Helen was united in marriage to Martin Schmidt and together the couple made their home and raised their family in Gladstone. Martin preceded Helen in death. She later went on to marry Joseph Huff and together the couple remained in Gladstone. Joseph also preceded Helen in death. In addition to raising her family, Helen was employed at Eaton Corporation in Gladstone. She was a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church, Gladstone Yacht Club and Gladstone American Legion Post #71. Helen liked to go bowling and enjoyed cooking and playing cards.

Survivors include: sons, Douglas (Dawn) Schmidt of Rapid River and Bruce Schmidt of Green Bay, Wis.; brother, Leo (Bea) Maki of Michigan; grandsons, David Schmidt of Marquette and Jeff (Kristie) Latsch of Ford River; great-grandchildren, Spencer, Carson and Jeffrey; and lifelong friend, Carol Wolfe of Gladstone. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Eino and Eini; husbands, Martin Schmidt and Joseph Huff; daughter, Carol Schmidt; sons, Donald and Allen Schmidt; granddaughter, Dana Latsch; sisters, Lila and Viola Maki; and brothers, Lenhart, Arnold, and Wayne Maki.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Helen E. Huff will be held privately on Saturday at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Helen will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting Helen’s family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.