Helen Breidenstein

Breidenstein, Helen C. – of Davison, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, age 98, passed away on April 10, 2023. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 12 PM Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at St. John Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski celebrant.  The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday.  Cremation has taken place.  A private inurnment will take place in Calvary Cemetery in Mount Pleasant.  A Celebration of Life will take place on Wednesday, May 10, at The Bird Bar & Grill in Mt. Pleasant from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Helen was born in Grand Rapids, MI on August 6, 1924, daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Suchocki) Opacki. She married James Breidenstein on August 16, 1947 and he preceded her in death on April 15, 1977. Helen was very hard-working and held multiple jobs including managing The Bird in Mt. Pleasant.  She was a talented seamstress and had handcrafted hundreds of personalized gifts.  Helen was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Davison.  Her greatest joy was spending time with family, and she delighted in sunbathing in sunny Florida during the winter months.  Helen was a doer who kept active and wanted to help with any task, great or small.  She enjoyed playing cards and games, especially when she was winning, which was commonplace.  Helen had a great sense of humor and was the beloved matriarch at every family gathering.      

Helen is survived by her children, Judie (Randy) Remenap, Jeanne (Bill) Clancy, Jim (Patty) Breidenstein, Susan (Bruce) Schaefer, Chuck (Kristina) Breidenstein and Pete (Heidi) Breidenstein; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and one on the way; many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by grandson, Kevin Remenap, siblings, Edward Opacki, Al Opacki, Dorothy Dzierwa and Sally Breidenstein.