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Helen Irene Boley

Died: Thursday, March 27, 2003
Longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident Helen Irene Boley, 73, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2003, at St. John Hospital, after a long illness.

Born in Detroit, Mrs. Boley graduated from Southeastern High School.

She moved to Grosse Pointe Park in 1960 with her husband, Emil.

Mrs. Boley was described as a "people person," and involved herself in the heartbeat of her neighborhood, especially the Grosse Pointe Public Library and the community of Defer Elementary School and Pierce Middle School.

She threw herself into the life of the community, volunteering as a Cub Scout den mother, Girl Scout cookie chairman, a room mother for each of her children's classrooms, and becoming a part of the women's altar association at St. Ambrose Catholic Church.

Mrs. Boley worked part-time as a cleaning lady for the Central Library, and then as a full-time clerical worker for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.

She simultaneously supported her neighbors along Nottingham, bringing many home-cooked meals to shut-ins and visiting with special friends. She also worked as lunchroom supervisor at Defer.

Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Boley began working as a clerk at the Park branch of the Grosse Pointe Public Library, where she remained for 10 years.

She retired from the library in 1995, but kept in close touch with her former co-workers.

She is survived by her children, Helen Marie Boley, Joseph Boley and Catherine Mary Boley; her granddaughter, Ava Irene Boley; her daughter-in-law Catherine Rose; two sisters-in-law; four nephews; two nieces; and her special pet, Stone.

She was predeceased by her husband, Emil; her son, Charles; and her brother, Joseph Petkovic.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, March 31, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

Arrangements were made by Chas. Verheyden Inc.
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