Marion E. Helminiak
(Nee Baum) Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the age of 88. Beloved wife of Arthur (deceased) for 65 years. Loving mother of Camille Hammer, Mark (Elaine) and Paul (Cheryl). Dear grandmother of Jenny Hammer, Greg Hammer, Lorie (Dave) Recupero and Kompten (Craig) Jackson, and great-grandmother of Brianna, Gavin, Jordan, Chyler, Brayden, Brinley, Logan, Cody, Kyle and Kayla. Sister of Alice (the late Raymond) Postotnik and Alan (Rosemarie) Baum. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her twin sister Helen and sisters Louise and Gloria.
Visitation Wednesday, March 29 at 10 AM at the funeral home, followed by funeral services at 11:30 AM. Interment St. Adalbert Cemetery.
Marion grew up in a beloved family. She had aspirations to be a National Park Ranger. She graduated from Juneau H.S. in Milwaukee where she played clarinet in the marching band, and received an art and teaching degree from WI State Teacher’s College, where she also met her husband of 65 years, Arthur.
After starting a family in Pulaski, WI, they moved to Racine where she began working as a graphic artist. Soon after she started her own drapery and upholstery business in the basement of their home. She found the time to create marionettes and fabric sculptures, some of which were displayed in the Racine Library. As her business “Nimble Thimble” bloomed, she moved it out of her basement and had 5 employees at its’ peak. When she wasn’t at her business, unbeknownst to her husband, at times she would “skip out” of work and spend the day with her twin sister on the “Janesville farm”.
Marion also enjoyed playing folk guitar at St. Lucy’s Church, leading Cub and Girl Scouts, teaching Native American lore at River Bend Nature Center, camping, swimming and reading history, especially the journeys of Lewis and Clark. At home she was an avid flower and vegetable gardener, canned much of what she grew and planted a grove of fruit and nut trees. She was an excellent baker and cook and taught her children to do the same. She loved animals, especially cats, and would always help a stray if she found one.
After retirement, Marion and Arthur were able to take their “dream trip” to Alaska, where she designed their whole adventure to mirror the footsteps of the gold rush. Marion was a generous soul and always took care of everyone. She will be missed by all who knew her.