Helen Howler, 100

Helen Howler, centenarian, of Allegan passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Ely Manor, Allegan. She was born April 6, 1914, in Janesville, Wisc., the daughter of Harry and Johanna (Volbrecht) Green.
Having made it to her 100th birthday, Helen could recall many stories of The Great Depression and prohibition. Considering she lived through these eras, she learned if you wanted anything, you had to work hard for it.  
Helen's life had been one of hard work. That and sticking to goals, cooking and eating good food and not smoking is what she credited for her long life.  
The president of the United States acknowledged Helen's 100th birthday, though getting Willard Scott to announce her birthday on the Smucker's jelly commercial was more difficult.  
Helen outlived her three husbands but she still has a sister Josephine, 95, of Lakeland, who still walks, rides her bike and goes to the gym.  
Helen is survived by her four children, Thomas (Alma) Lodge, John (Marilyn) Lodge, Joan Havenga and Patricia (Earl) Gillette; her 10 grandchildren; her 17 great-grandchildren; and her 10 great-great-grandchildren; her sister Josephine Boven; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband August Howler; and two great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Justin.  
Friends may join the family for the memorial service on Sunday, July 20, at 5 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 3370 113th Ave., Allegan. Pastor G. Patrick White and the Heartland Hospice chaplain will be officiating. Inurnment will be at Earl Cemetery, Pine Grove Township.  
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 8075 Creekside Drive, Portage, MI  49024 and/or Christ Community Church, 3370 113th Ave., Allegan, MI  49010.  
Arrangements are being provided by Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel, www.gordenfuneral.com


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