Covell Funeral Home

232 East State Street, Traverse City, MI


Helen Julia Matus

November 7, 1929March 1, 2020

Helen Julia Matus, of Interlochen, passed away on March 1, 2020; she was 90 years old. She was born on November 7, 1929 to Louis and Margaret (Sipos) Szagedy in Flint, and graduated from Northern High School. In 1950, Helen married Alex Matus and they remained together for the next 64 years. While Alex worked twelve-hour days to provide for his growing family, Helen remained home and made raising six children look easy. She was a loving mother who instilled good values in her children, teaching them right from wrong, respect for others and even found time to be a Girl Scout Den Mother. Helen was a meticulous housekeeper and, regardless of what kid-created chaos presented itself or long shifts Alex was working, everyone knew to be home when dinner hit the table at 5:05 sharp! Helen enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and working in her flower garden. When her dazzling talents were displayed in her design of the bushes and flowers that adorned the entrance to their housing subdivision, her neighbors began to refer to her as “flower lady”. Over the course of her life, Helen would mourn the death of her brother, Eugene, her son, Gary, grandson, Michael and, of course, her beloved husband of 64 years, Alex. Those who will cherish her memory are children, Richard, Stephen (Kimberly), Mary (Calvin) Springer, Mark (Vona) and Matthew (Tina); grandchildren, Stephen, Jr., Tamara, Jill, Melissa, Andrew, Jenna and Dylan; great-grandchildren, Stephen III, Kyle, Benjamin, Austin, Erik, Lillian, Jaxin and Cameron; great-great-grandchildren, Roman and October. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Traverse City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City.


  • St. Patrick Catholic Church


  • Visitation Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 14, 2020


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Elaine Miller

March 10, 2020

For the past 20 years my husband and I have lived in the house on East Silver Lake Road formerly owned by Alex and Ruth Matus. Many, many times over the years I have said thank you in my heart for the wonderful flower beds Helen designed and planted here, which I have enjoyed so much and tried to maintain. She was indeed a flower lady. Thank you, Ruth. Elaine Miller

Susan Zofchak Fowler

March 2, 2020

Matus Family-
Please accept my sincere sympathy upon your mom's passing. She was such a beautiful person; always sharing a kind word and smile. My thoughts are with you.

Mary Hurst (Zofchak)

March 1, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear that Aunt Helen has passed. My thoughts and prayers our with your family. I have so many good memories of spending time at your house in Flushing! Growing up with Mary. Riding our bikes and swimming in Tucker pool. I always had the best time. She always treated me like one of her own ! Thank You Aunt Helen! May you Rest In Peace!