Charles "Charlie" Julius Helgren

January 10, 1934May 17, 2013

Charles “Charlie” Julius Helgren Williamston, Michigan

Charles “Charlie” Julius Helgren went to live with his Lord and savior on May 17th 2013. He was born January 10th, 1934 to Hilda and Julius Helgren of Ironwood, MI. He graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1951, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University. For 31 years, he taught by day at West Jr. High school, Gardner Middle School, and Everett High School. During evenings, he was also an associate professor at Lansing Community College, where he taught several science classes. He retired from teaching in 1991. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, his sister; Evelyn Workman, and his niece; Yvonne Hall. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carole (Vescovi); his sister; Marge (Rudy) Reichardt of Watersmeet, MI, brother; Clarence of Venice, FL, sister; Karen (Lloyd) Anderson of Venice, FL, his sons; Richard (Amy) of St. Johns, Steve (Lori) of Cedar Springs, and Jeffery (Karen) of Dallas Center, IA, his grandchildren, Rachel (Robert) Amsterburg of Savannah, GA, Emily of Haslett, Matthew of Redding, CA, Laura of St. Johns, and Molly, Heather and Jeffery Jr. of Dallas Center, IA, and great-grandchildren Robbie and Gabriel Amsterburg of Savannah, GA. The family will receive friends Sunday June 2nd at the Williamston Free Methodist Church, 4400 N. Williamston, MI 48895 from 6-8p.m. A memorial service will be held Monday June 3rd at the Church at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Williamston Free Methodist Church at 4400 N. Williamston, MI 48895.


  • Memorial Service Monday, June 3, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, June 2, 2013

Charles "Charlie" Julius Helgren

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Julie Helgren Podewitz

June 4, 2013

My Uncle Charlie always made me feel special and loved. Even though we didn't see him much growing up I knew he was a sweet and happy man who loved his family. In reading all of these wonderful words I realize what an amazing teacher he was an the impact he had on the lives of many. God Bless. Julie Helgren Podewitz

Paul Helgren

June 4, 2013

Uncle Charlie was such a sweet man. When I think of him, I think of him laughing or smiling. My father always said he was the best brother he could ever have hoped for. He was a wonderful uncle, too. After hearing all the nice things about him Sunday night, all I can say is everybody loved Charlie. God bless you, Uncle Charlie. Rest in eternal peace.

June 2, 2013

My prayers and sympathy to the family and students of Chuck Helgren. A "cool dude". He never failed to make me laugh. Lu Anne Clark - an LCC biology friend.

Jim Pease

June 2, 2013

Charlie Helgren is a character in my life who I will never forget. Growing up I spent much time at the Helgren home. Charlie always greeted me the same way each and every time I saw him. With a warm smile and friendly tone he would say "Well hello Jimmy Pease all over the place", an obvious play on my last name. It was not delivered to ridicule, but to have fun with his son's friend. It never offended me and I came to expect it and looked forward to it. I would have thought something was wrong if he DIDN'T do it. Having not seen Charlie since High School graduation, I happened to encounter him at a local supermarket when I was probably about 25 yrs old. Upon seeing me there he immediately and warmly said "Well hello Jimmy Pease all over the place". It made me laugh then and still does. I have thought of this many times in the years since, and tell the story to others on occasion. I will always remember Charlie Helgren fondly, and my condolences go out to the Helgren family.

Lu Ann (MacQueen) Murray

May 31, 2013

Charlie was a wonderful man and excellent teacher. It was a privilege to teach with him all his years at EVERETT. My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends as you experience this loss.

Jill "Reed" Rabidoux

May 30, 2013

My deepest sympathies and condolences go to the family and friends of Mr. Helgren. He was my science teacher when I attended Everett in 1984. He was a super nice person and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was one of my favorite teachers and I can say I won't forget him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Becky Ames (Class of 1991)

May 30, 2013

Mr. Helgren was an amazing teacher. I adored him, his goofy ties and even that hissing bug he kept as a pet. Thanks for being one of the good guys.

Bernie Sermak

May 29, 2013

Charlie was my colleague at Everett High School in the 1980's.
A good man & a good teacher!

Kimberly Reynolds "Belasco"

May 29, 2013

Mr. Helgren was my 7th grade physical Science teacher at Gardner Jr. High 1978. He was an awesome teacher, one of very few I remember. My prayers and sympathy go out to his family.


May 29, 2013

Mr Helgren AKA Uncle Charlie was the most amazing teacher not only for his teachings but for the compassion he had for each and every student. He is my best memory of school. I have thought about him many times over the years.