Elizabeth Helmink was a loving and kind woman who always saw the good in people, her grandchildren said.
“She treated people in the way that she would like to be treated,” said her grandson, Jim Major. “I know I never heard an unkind word about anyone. She always saw the good side of everyone.”
Elizabeth “Betty” Helmink, 95, of Portage, died June 2. She was a member of Peace United Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Helmink, in 1977. She also was preceded in death by her three children.
Helmink loved being involved in her church, including the “Sew and Sews” quilting circle.
“She looked forward to church every Sunday and the Tuesday gathering of the quilting circle,” said her granddaughter, Kathryn Lewis. “She participated in every church charity function, but I think her favorite was the biannual soup lunch and bake sale.”
Major said she had an amazingly strong faith in God.
“Her faith was the strongest of anyone I have ever known,” he said. “Even though she outlived her husband and all three of her children, she maintained a very positive outlook in life.”
She also loved family gatherings.
“She always looked forward to holidays and family birthday parties, and this was mostly because her family would all be together,” Lewis said.
She was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan and loved going to games. She especially loved Ryne Sandberg, Mark Grace, Andre Dawson and Ryan Dempster, her grandson said.
Helmink lived her life with kindness, generosity and honesty, her granddaughter said.
“She was the kind of grandmother everyone wished they had,” Lewis said. “She was loving and sweet.”