Helen Louise Alkema

October 23, 1927December 8, 2011

Helen L. Alkema (Babick) 10/23/27 - 12/08/11

Mrs. Alkema, 84, passed away December 8, 2011 at her residence surrounded by family. She was born in Tacoma, Washington on October 23, 1927, as an only child to Louis and Blanche (Neff) Babick. She was a graduate of Edmore High School where she met her high school sweetheart and husband of 62 years, Robert, whom she married on October 4, 1947.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Robert A., and is survived by her daughter Susan A. Taylor (Lazi Senn), son, R. Scott Alkema (Dena Ellis) and 2 grandchildren, R. Justin Alkema and Ashley Taylor-Senn.

Helen traveled the world with her husband, with England being her favorite destination. Her hobbies included gardening, decorating, making floral arrangements, reading and playing bridge. She loved dogs and dogs were constant companions to Bob and Helen. She was an avid Michigan State University and Detroit Tiger fan. She will be missed for her beautiful smile and sense of humor.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at the Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University, Rochester, MI from 5-8pm. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 11:00am at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

A special Thank You to Tami, Jody and Dinah as well as the employees of Sparrow Hospice who provided care and comfort to Helen and her family.

Those wishing an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 14, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 15, 2011

Helen Louise Alkema

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Dean McCracken

December 16, 2011

Sadie aka Peanut misses her Mom!

December 16, 2011

Enjoyed seeing the pictures of your mom with all of the family! Baxter asked that you give a special hug to Miss Sadie for him.
Heather, Dean and Liam

Karen Katko

December 15, 2011

Dear Scott and Family:
you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.


December 14, 2011

We are saddened to hear of Helen's passing. We have fond memories of many Christmas Evenings spent together. (And the salmon spread, of course!)
May Perpetual Light shine upon her!

Mary Anne, Lisa, and David

December 13, 2011

To Scott and family,

My condolences are with you at this time. My mom was at Pixley's just two weeks ago. We miss her dearly and I can feel what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and yours.

Sydney Ann Zaremba

Suzi Barnhart

December 13, 2011

Scott, Dena, Justin, Sue, and Ashley: You were blessed for so many years with your mother's/grandmother's presence in your lives. She is now at peace in God's Kingdom with her husband, together once again. Helen had a wonderful, abundant life and was married to a loving devoted man who fulfilled her every dream. She was fortunate to have two amazing children and two phenomenal grandchildren who completed her earthly life. May your hearts be lightened in this knowledge and may the Lord comfort you all in your loss. God Bless You All, Suzi

Char Benson

December 12, 2011

Scott and Susan: I will always have fond memories of your mom (and your dad too!) They were a great couple. My parents so enjoyed the rivalry they had over Michigan v. MSU, and the "passing of the teddy bear". I remember a very wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at their place one year. Please accept my deep sympathy. Sincerely, Char Benson

Joe Ciacchella

December 12, 2011

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Mom. Pat and I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time....Joe & Pat Ciacchella

December 11, 2011

December 11, 2011