Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI


Helen E. Haslam

December 17, 1922August 23, 2019

Helen Ethel Haslam, 96, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2019 in Okemos, Michigan. Born in Bay City to Reinhold and Nina (Potter) Gohr on December 17, 1922, Helen graduated from nursing school at Hurley Medical Center in Flint before enlisting in the Army during WWII. She achieved the rank of Lieutenant and served in France and Germany. Upon returning home to the US, she worked as a registered nurse for many years while also raising her family. She enjoyed gardening and being out in the sun, and was an excellent cook and baker, and her apple pies and zucchini bread recipes will be treasured. Most of all, she loved her family dearly - even if she never quite forgot her "Lieutenent" status.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert "Bert" Haslam; her parents; her siblings, Irene Saelens and Melvin Gohr; and her great-grandson, Oliver Collins.

Her memory will be cherished by her children, Karen (Clark) Collins, Alan (Lynne) Haslam, and Kay (Scott) Anderson; her grandchildren, Nathan, Andrew, Devon, Jimmy, and Helen; her great-grandchildren, Jacklyn, Marcus, and Jameson; and her daughter-in-law, Madeline Norris.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11am at Memorial Lutheran Church, 1022 W Grand River Ave., Williamston, MI 48895, with visitation from 10am to 11am at the church. A luncheon will follow the memorial service, in the church fellowship hall.

In honor of Helen, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.


  • Wounded Warrior Project


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 7, 2019


Helen E. Haslam

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D. Dobrowolski

September 9, 2019

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Haslam's passing. While I did not know her personally, her and her husband were friends of my parents for many years and always kept in touch. After my father passed, I would call her once in awhile and always send her a Christmas card. I always heard such wonderful stories from my parents about this extraordinary couple. I even sent her some pictures my father had of Mr. Haslam in his pin-stripped suits from back in the 40's-50's. I am sure you will come across them. I am sorry for your loss. She is now reunited with Jesus and her beloved Bert.

Madeline Norris

September 5, 2019

So many memories...all of them wonderful! Loving, strong, kind, supportive, spiritual, giving--just a few of the words that come to mind. I can't imagine a better mother-in-law or grandmother. I was blessed to experience her influence in these roles, as well as a friend.