Oehler Funeral Home


Helen E. Zeman

January 1, 1929February 12, 2021

Helen Edith Zeman nee Heikkila of Niles, Illinois, formerly of Calumet, Michigan, passed away peacefully on 2/12/2021. Helen was born on 1/1/1929, in Calumet, MI., to the late Matt & Jennie (Koski) Heikkila. Helen graduated from Calumet High School with the class of 1947, after which she moved first to Detroit, Michigan, then to Chicago where she made her home. She worked for General Foods for several years. Helen was a housewife and mother to her 4 sons, and was a member of Niles Community Presbyterian Church. Helen was married to the late John W. Zeman. Also preceding her in death were her 8 brothers: Wallace, Wesley, Roy, Arthur, Garnet, Harold, Ralph, and her twin Edward, and her 3 sisters: Stella Priest, Edna Welsh and an infant sister Ethel. Helen is survived by her 4 sons, John (Donna), Charles, James (Patty) and Robert (the late Yvonne Wolodkowicz-Zeman). 6 grandchildren, Kenneth (Bobbi), Joseph (Janice), Andrea Smith, Thomas, James and Janie Zeman; 6 great grandchildren, Ty, Andrew (Drew), Jackson (Jack), Maya Smith, Jenelle Smith, and the late Briana Smith.


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Helen E. Zeman

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Roger DyJack

February 15, 2021

Dear Zeman family,
Your mom was a wonderful person whom I had the pleasure of knowing, especially the growing up years in the 70's into the 80's and beyond. My life is fuller for having known her. She will always have a special place in my heart.
I have many fond memories talking with your mom and dad in the kitchen on my way home from work when Charlie was in Waco. Weirdest memory is when Niles planted that dam tree in her front yard. No matter how you adjusted the stakes it was never straight. Peace be with you all.