Helene R. Ware

September 5, 1929February 13, 2020

Helene R. Ware, age 90. Born on September 5, 1929 and passed away peacefully in the presence of her children on February 13, 2020.

She was the beloved wife of the late Al for 50 years. Helene is survived by her children, Major (R) U.S. Army Robert (Cheryl) Ware, the late Captain (R) U.S. Navy Glenn (Leslie Benton) Ware, Lieutenant Colonel (R) U.S. Air Force Paul (Linda) Ware and Carolyn (Greg) Gizzi. Helene is also survived by her grandchildren Kelsey, Caitlin, Tanner, Olivia, Alex, Emma, great grandchildren Jackson, Layla, Charlotte and Claire and her brother Jim (Pam) Holloway.

Helene’s family will be having a Memorial Service at 12:30 PM on Thursday, July 2nd at Holy Cross Cemetery, 2000 Walker Ave NW in Grand Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Love Inc., St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Kent County Humane Society.


  • Inurnment

    Thursday, July 2, 2020


Helene R. Ware

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Charles And Victoria Kleinbrook

February 14, 2020

Helene was always eager to highlight her children and grandchildren and family well before talking about herself. With a great life experience and with a warm heart she was always eager to share stories and news of the day. Her memories of years past were truly pearls of great wisdom. It’s hard to find a lady of such high caliber; who measured a friend’s worth not by dollars but by the affection and bonds that they share.

Helene you always dreamed of seeing other loved ones gone before you and so it is this moment that God granted your request knowing that the days you had left were still full of meaning and joy to all you touched.

May St. Peter never even check his ledger as he opens the pearly gates wide for your grand entrance into an eternal life that your faith as rewarded you with.