Covell Funeral Home

312 Pine Street, Elk Rapids, MI


Helen Delores Salveta

May 17, 1930January 30, 2020

Helen Delores Salveta, 89, of Elk Rapids, Michigan began her final journey home on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Her kind heart had decided it was time for her to visit those who had gone before, including her loving husband Theodore, son Robert, sister Loretta, and many loving friends and family. Delores was born on May 17, 1930 and is the oldest daughter of Harold and Nina Hammaker originally from Illinois, who came to Michigan to make their home in Detroit. Delores attended Nolan High School in Detroit and eventually married her High School sweetheart Ted on October 22, 1949. The mother of five boys, we’ve often wondered how she put up with us, but Mom was a strong woman with not only a big heart, but a great sense of balance. Even with all of the responsibilities of raising five boys in Southfield, Michigan, Delores found time to have a career working in accounting which she enjoyed. She loved to travel and she and Ted spent many years splitting their time between their retirement home in Elk Rapids and their winter home in Estero, Florida. Delores was especially grateful for the decades long friendships with her sorority sisters, who she adored. Everyone Delores met was engaged and pleased by her positive can do attitude. She enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends, and Mom was especially adept at smoothing ruffled feathers and keeping peace within the family. Delores is survived by her sons Theodore, Daniel, David, and Thomas. She is especially proud of her granddaughters Jennifer, Theresa, Angela, Maria, Donna and Jessica who were really the daughters she never had herself. It just goes to show us how good things come to those who wait. Her other grandchildren include Greg, Robbie, children of her oldest son Theodore, Kevin and Craig, sons of Daniel, and Tom, son of Thomas. Delores was blessed with five great grandchildren, Hannah, Gabriel, Claire, Gloria, and Theo, her latest joy. Our bright and guiding light has left this earth, but we are positively certain there is a new one in the Heaven’s above. We miss you Mom, God speed. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.covellelkrapids.com for the Salveta family.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  • Visitation Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Helen Delores Salveta

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Fanny Higgins-Wilson

February 2, 2020

Deloris was one of the most positive people I have ever met! She loved her friends and family! We would have long chats on the phone after my mom Margaret passed away! My parents loved Ted and Delores and there family! The picture of the three was taken after my dads funeral, they had great stories of growing up as cousins, spending every summer together! My mom thought of the two like her sisters! Our love and prayers are being sent to all.