Helen was called home to be with the Lord, Friday, January 13, 2012, after an extended battle with cancer. Born in Grand Rapids to Bertrand and Leona Corcoran on September 20, 1929, she was married to Jack Nelson from August of 1951, until his death in 2007. The mother of Scot, Kim, Mark, Todd, and Krystin (Scholten). Helen had 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was a graduate of St. Mary's Nursing School in Grand Rapids, and subsequently had successful careers in nursing, real estate and as part of the family business in Kalamazoo. A funeral mass was held at 1:30 PM, Wednesday, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1150 W. Centre Ave. with a luncheon immediately following at Helen's home, 1423 Schuring Rd. The family requests that memorials in her name be made to St. Catherine of Sienna, 1150 W. Centre, Portage, MI 49024. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th Street. www.langelands.com
Helen Corcoran Nelson is Kirk's aunt and godmother.