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Rita I. (Jakubczak) Hellebuyck

September 2, 1923 ~ April 13, 2019 (age 95)

Rita Irene Hellebuyck

Fairgrove, Michigan


Rita passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019 at her residence, age 95.  She was born September 2, 1923 in Bay City, Michigan to the late Martin and Agnes (Madaj) Jakubczak.  She married Elmer F. Hellebuyck in June of 1982 and he survives her.  Rita worked for most of her life.  Prestolite was her longest location of employment with over 43 years of service as a punch press operator and then with Kroger on Center Avenue for 19 years.  Rita and Elmer enjoyed going to polka dances years ago at AMVets, she was a clothes enthusiast and liked spending quiet time knitting and putting puzzles together.

     Surviving is her husband Elmer, five children: Sandy (Tim) Suchodolski, Gary (Carolyn) Kaczynski, Dennis Kaczynski, LeRoy (Max) Hellebuyck, and Gary Hellebuyck, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and one brother-in-law Maurice Hellebuyck.  Rita was predeceased by her first husband Edward Kaczynski, one brother Floyd and five sisters: Mary, Dora, Grace, Christina and Frances (John) Kotenko, also several brothers at birth.

     The Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. at Ambrose Funeral Home, 1200 Garfield Ave., Bay City, MI 48708.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M.  Pastor Joe Atchinson will officiate.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the “Wishes of the Family.”

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