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St. Catherines Catholic Church
Thursday November 18th, 2021

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Wednesday November 17th, 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Alfons "Butch" John Helsen

Alfons "Butch" John Helsen age 60, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at home in the care of his loving family.

Butch was born on May 19, 1961 and raised in Ravenna with his five brothers and one sister. Shortly after high school, he married his “Honey†Ann Marie (French) Helsen on September 28, 1985 at St. Catherines Catholic Church. Butch and Ann began their life together, settled in Ravenna where they raised their two children. He lived a life dedicated to his family and friends, hunting, fishing, baking and gardening. Butch will always be remembered for his gentle kindness, love for his family, and appreciation of nature and all it’s beauty.

Butch is survived by his wife of 36 years: Ann M. Helsen of Ravenna, son: Aaron (Jillian) Helsen of Ravenna and daughter: Jacquelyn (Scott) Hilgeman of Ravenna. Granddaughters: Ensley Rose Hilgeman(6), Norah June Helsen(5), Josie Allyn Helsen(2), and Asa Ann Hilgeman(1). Parents: Eugene and Margaret Helsen of Ravenna. Siblings: Tony (Jane) Helsen of Ravenna, Dave Helsen (Lora Kalkofen) of Newaygo, Chris Helsen of Sparta, Leo Helsen (Molly McCready) of Ravenna, Louie (Sally) Helsen of Ravenna, and Lorri (Terry) Farr of Arizona. Butch is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and beloved friends that were like family.

He was preceded in death by his Father In-Law: Robert French.

Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 11:00am at the St. Catherines Catholic Church in Ravenna with Father Andrew Ayers celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Catherines Catholic Cemetery in Ravenna.

The family will greet friends on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm at St. Catherines Hall and again on Thursday at the church 1 hour prior to Mass. Rosary will be prayed at 8:00pm Wednesday at the hall.

Memorials may be directed to: Harbor Hospice or St. Catherines Catholic Church.

Go to: www.throopfhravenna.com or Facebook @ Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna Inc. to sign the online guestbook.

The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511

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We are so very sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences during this difficult time.

Gary Mahn Nov 20 2021 7:41 AM

We are so very sorry for your great loss. We pray for you all. May God give you comfort.

Dave & Helen Moran Nov 18 2021 1:55 PM

Ann and family~Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. May the wonderful memories and laughter you shared help you during this time.

Charles Ash & Kathy (Ash) Mayes Nov 18 2021 9:50 AM

So sorry for your families loss.. my prayers to u all

Robyn Pennell Nov 16 2021 11:35 PM

My condolence to the Helsen family

Tony Curtis Nov 16 2021 12:25 PM

The lord got another angel, I send hugs and prayers to all. Butch (Boss) was one of the greatest person I ever got to know he wasn't just a boss he was a friend .He will be missed so much

Tina Blackmore Nov 15 2021 6:59 PM