HELEN M. CUMMINGSHelen M. Cummings, 92, of Superior, died Friday, Dec.
Helen M. Cummings, 92, of Superior, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, in St. Luke's Hospice in Duluth.
She was born June 30, 1919, in Superior, daughter of Francis and Mary (Janoski) Cieslicki. Helen was a member of the 1939 graduating class of Superior East High School.
On May 20, 1941, Helen M. Cieslicki and Laurence G. Cummings were united in marriage in St. Adalbert's Catholic Church in Superior.
Helen worked for Russell Creamery in Superior, decorating ice cream cakes and wedding sandwiches. She also worked as a nurses aide and volunteer in St. Francis, St. Joseph's and St. Mary's Hospital, all formerly in Superior.
Some of her interests included working in her flower garden; reading history, geography and mysteries; volunteering to help on fundraising for the American Heart Association, Lung Association and the American Cancer Society; spending time at Wisconsin Point, museums and estate sales; and she enjoyed baking and decorating cakes for family members, but disliked ironing. She was also known for her great sense of humor.
She was a member of the former St. Adalbert's Catholic Church, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and its Altar Society, past-president of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post No. 435 Auxiliary, past-president of the Parley American Legion Auxiliary, Peony Garden Club, U.T.U., and Lady Trainmen Lodge No. 28.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Laurence G. Cummings, in 1993; infant daughter, Mary; brothers Bernard, Joseph and John; and sisters Frances and Rose Marie.
She is survived by her daughters, Antoinette "Toni" Gotelaere of Superior, and Colette (Rick) Pekkala of South Range; sons Jerome (Joanne) Cummings of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Mark (Jan) Cummings of Superior; 10 grandchildren, Janet (Al) Peterson, Erick Kendall, Holly (Chris) Belch, Monica Gotelaere, Lara Pekkala, Lisa (Chris) Brophy, Kathleen (John Cejka) Cummings, Kristen (Michael) Gress, Nicole Cummings and Nathan Cummings; six great-grandchildren, Randy Peterson, Nathan Peterson, Alan Peterson, Tanner Belch, Olivia Brophy and Rebecca Beck; two great-great-granddaughters, Brooke Peterson and Amelia Beck; sister Josephine "Jo" Hawley of Superior; sister-in-law Bernice "Bea" Cieslicki of Superior; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Timothy Kleinschmidt and St. Luke's Hospice for the great care and love extended to their mother.
VISITATION: 12 noon until the 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, Dec. 8, in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Superior, with The Rev. Father James Tobolski as celebrant. Honorary pallbearers will be Helen's grandchildren. The committal service will be held at St. Francis Cemetery in Superior at a later date.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to St. Francis Xavier Food Shelf, 2316 E. Fourth St., Superior.
The Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N. 19th St., Superior, is assisting the family with arrangements. If you would like to send condolences or sign the online guest book, please visit www.downsfh.com.
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