Service For Helen Seitz, City-Girl-Turned-Farm-Wife, Tuesday

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 09/24/2018 - 00:12

Born in San Jose, CA, Helen grew up in the San Francisco area where she worked as a telephone operator. In 1943, she married her lifelong love, Wallace Seitz, a soldier from Maybee, MI training nearby. When he was sent overseas, she transferred her job to Monroe to await his return. A city girl, she bravely faced the challenges of a new home in a farming community across the country from her family, a first encounter with snow, and then the horror of a telegram stating Wallace was MIA. After his miraculous return from POW captivity, they settled in Newport, raising four children.

They lived in Flat Rock and Ypsilanti, before moving to Saline in their latter years where they continued their longtime membership in the United Methodist Church. They enjoyed 68 years of marriage until his death in 2011. Helen most recently resided in Rochester Hills.

After the birth of their children, Helen devoted her entire life to her family's care. Known for always welcoming the neighborhood children, and no one ever left her home hungry.

She will be dearly missed by her son Allen Seitz and wife, Lois, of Monroe, daughters Alyce Caudill of Troy, Joyce Neifert of Santa Rosa, CA, son-in-law Donald Clapper, grandchildren Mark (Ruth) Seitz, Brian Seitz, Patrick (Heather) Clapper, Bradley (Charity) Clapper, Jessica Clapper, Tara Caudill-Deaton, Todd (Kristin) Caudill, Alex Neifert, Scott Neifert, and brother-in-law Dale Seitz. She is also survived by 11 beloved great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by daughter, Darlene and sons-in-law, Doyce Caudill and Stephen Neifert. Funeral Services will take place on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home and again on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at 11:00 A.M. A luncheon will follow at the First United Methodist Church of Saline.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd., SW, Lilburn, GA 30047, or online at and envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To sign Helen’s guestbook, to leave a memory, or for directions please visit

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