With profound sadness we announce the passing of Helen Fay Gielincki.  She was in her ninety-seventh year. Our devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all passed peacefully in Jacksonville, Florida on July 4, 2020.  

Helen was a long-time resident of Higgins Lake in Roscommon, Michigan.  Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Mass at 11 am Saturday, July 25, 2020 at St. Hubert’s Catholic Church, 7612 West Higgins Lake Drive, Roscommon, Michigan 48653.  Helen will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery, Lyon Township, Michigan. 

Helen is preceded in death by her devoted husband of sixty-eight years, William Raymond Gielincki in January 2010, her sons Mark and Gary Gielincki and her siblings Joanne, Margaret, Shirley, Bob, Harold James, Jerome and Joe and her parents Jenner and Florence (Brown) Fay.

Helen was born Monday, Jan 1, 1923 in Clyde Ohio.  Helen and William were married on August 23, 1941 in New Boston, Michigan.  They started their family and lived for many years in Belleville, Michigan.   In 1969 they moved with their family from Belleville to Higgins Lake, where they spent their remaining years.   

She lived a full life as a mother raising seven children with William. She was a loving grandmother to eleven very blessed grandchildren and to ten great-grandchildren. Nothing was more important to her than her family and the children. Her life was completely dedicated to her family, her grandchildren, and to her faith in God.  She was a friend to all whose lives she touched. She volunteered alongside William at St. Vincent DePaul in Roscommon for many years as well as for St. Hubert’s Catholic Church. Additionally, she was a volunteer for many years for Hospice of Michigan.  Helen was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary #13 of Higgins Lake.

Helen and William spent many wonderful years with family and friends living on Higgins Lake. In the early years, William and their son Mark owned Gielincki & Sons Construction Company and together built and renovated many of the buildings in the area that have long been an integral part of the community.  Among these are the renovations to St. Hubert’s Catholic Church and the St. Vincent’s DePaul Society store in Roscommon.  Additionally, they built the St. Hubert’s Rectory, the Higgins Lake Post Office and the addition to Lyon Township Hall.  Helen and William also rented their seven “Lakewood Apartments” on their property to numerous families developing an abundance of lifelong friendships throughout the years with families that they hosted.

An avid gardener, Helen always kept her flowers beautifully maintained for everyone to enjoy.  From early spring to late fall she always arranged bouquets of flowers from her gardens and scattered them around the house for added enjoyment.  She loved to read and always enjoyed her daily devotionals.  In her earlier years, she was an incredibly talented seamstress and made many beautiful outfits for her family keeping her grandchildren beautifully dressed in matching outfits.  She was even known to sew dresses for weddings, prom and homecoming. Helen had an abundance of interests and hobbies and it is easy to see why she mastered the art of the fifteen minute “power nap”.

When she wasn’t outdoors enjoying the beautiful lake or gardening, she was indoors making some pretty magnificent meals.   Everyone was always welcome and it wasn’t unusual to have a dozen or two people around in the summertime and for holidays where “Grandma G ” seemed to effortlessly whip up some of the most amazing food.  If you asked anyone in the extended family they would know about her blueberry pancakes, her blue Tupperware cookie box under the counter that always had homemade cookies, her fish fry every Friday in the summertime, her canned stump mushrooms, and of course the epic pierogi making assembly lines for the traditional Polish family dinners.

Helen will be profoundly missed by her family and friends as we honor her by doing our absolute best to carry forward her instilled values and family traditions for generations to come.

She is survived by her children Sharon (Lee) Cahn of Haslett, Michigan; Dawn Fay of Zephyr Hills, Florida; Sue Ann (Patrick) Riley of Cleveland Heights Ohio; Pam (Dr. J. Kevin) Paulsen of Peoria, Illinois; Dr. William (Lisa) Gielincki Jr. of Jacksonville Florida.

Memorial Contributions in honor of Helen may be made to:

Community Hospice and Palliative Care

4266 Sunbeam Road

Jacksonville, Florida 32257

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon.  Please share a memory or a message online at wagnerfunerals.com