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Mary Edna (O'Doherty) Helfer

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I was saddened to hear about your mom this morning. My mother, Rita Echt told me. She cared a lot about both of your parents, as did my father, Robert Echt. Your mother was so lovely.


Posted by: Linda Echt - Watertown, MA   May 13, 2018

Our family will always cherish the connection to your family. Mary Edna was there for us always. She showed up for the good times and for the bad times, always with a huge smile and a laugh.


Posted by: Laura Fulginiti - Phoenix, AZ   May 07, 2018

Mary Edna was a beautiful person! Her love of family & friends was inspirational. We went through many happy and sad life events together. Her friendship was such a joy & comfort. Though we all miss you, I pray you have joined your beautiful mother you gently cared for over the years, your beloved husband Ray and your beloved son Jeff. Don't lose that beautiful Irish smile! Peggy


Posted by: Peggy Kingry - East Lansing, MI - Family Friend   May 07, 2018

We are so sad and sorry to hear about Mary Edna. The Helfers helped me both personally and professionally. I have such fond memories of them. I loved some of the parties that Mary Edna and Ray hosted.
They introduced us to a lakeside cottage near Battle Creek. My son Raj, when he was 4-5 years old was a fan of David and they would run around this lake.
Roshni, Thiru and Raj


Posted by: Roshni Kulkarni - Okemos, MI - Friend   May 07, 2018

I remember Mary Edna a a wonderful friend and faculty wife as we all worked to build a new medical school and raise our young families in East Lansing. She had a great smile and sense of humor. I treasure her memory.


Posted by: Claire Kohrman - Chicago, IL - Friend   May 05, 2018

Mary Edna was a Falmouth friend and a member of my bridge group. We had many enjoyable games together over the past few years. Mary Edna was competitive, but she did not gloat when she was successful, nor did she criticize her partner when she was not successful. She simply enjoyed the game and enjoyed the company she played with. Mary Edna was more to me than a bridge companion. She was a friend, When my wife had knee replacement

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Posted by: Skip McCormack - East Falmouth, MA - Friend   May 05, 2018

Thinking of you and joining you in remembering your mom. She was a very special woman who I had the great pleasure to work for. She was a humane leader and treated people with respect. I will treasure all my wonderful memories of working in the CME Office with her.


Posted by: Emily Dalley - East Lansing, MI - Friend   May 04, 2018

Sad to hearGood friends from the old days. Will there be any service here in Lansing. Old friends asking .
Don Kaufman


Posted by: A friend   May 04, 2018

To the family and friends of Mary Edna and Ray,
They are two persons that Jim and I most admired. Both were exemplary employees of Michigan State University and kind friends to colleagues. They live in our memories and may memories of them bring you comfort and peace.

Kay Trosko


Posted by: A friend   May 04, 2018

Mary Edna and Ray are two persons that Jim and I most admired. Both were exemplary employees of Michigan State University. They live in our memories and may memories of them bring you comfort and peace.

Kay Trosko


Posted by: Kay Trosko - Okemos, MI   May 04, 2018