Helia Irene DeRousie, age 89, of Tecumseh, formerly of Blissfield, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Cambrian Assisted Living.
She was born on November 22, 1923 in Baltic, Michigan to Kaarlo and Fannie (Hirvasniemi) Juntunen. Helia married Stuart J. DeRousie on April 6, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan. Helia grew up in the Upper Peninsula and worked as a secretary in Detroit, at Adrian College and at Tecumseh Products. Her joys were summers in the Keweenaw Peninsula, many friends, reading, long walks,and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband Stuart J. DeRousie, she is survived by her three sons, Charles (Patt) of Columbus, OH, Roy (Donna) of Washougal, WA and Richard (Norma) of Brooklyn, MI; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Aaron) Monnig, Jason (Rebecca), Kim, Martine (Justin) Horigan, and Kai; six great-grandchildren and nieces Christine (George) Richmond and Lisa Dieckmann. Preceding her in death were her parents and two sisters, Gertrude Juntunen and Helen Dieckmann, as well as two nieces, Star and Karla.
In accordance with Helia’s wishes, cremation has taken place. In remembrance of Helia, the family will be receiving family and friends on Saturday, August 3, 2013, from 2 to 4:p.m. at the Blissfield Fire Department Community Room located at 299 E. Adrian St. in Blissfield. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library, 407 S. Lane St., Blissfield or to Hospice of Lenawee, 1903 Wolf Creek Hwy., Adrian. Envelopes will be available at the fire hall or at the Anderson Funeral Home in Tecumseh.