January 13, 1923 - January 8, 2018
Born in Detroit, MI
Resided in Sterling Heights, Michigan
Helen C. Lechner (Schneider), age 94 of Sterling Heights, MI and formerly of Grosse Pointe Park, MI; St. Clair, MI and Venice, FL passed peacefully with her children by her side on January 8, 2018 just 5 days short of her 95th Birthday. She bravely fought her battle with Alzheimer’s Dementia for more than 5 years.
She was born on January 13, 1923 to the late Elmer and Cecelia Schneider in Detroit, Michigan. She was the beloved wife of Monroe S. Lechner, MD for over 56 years; loving mother of Gary (Maureen), Jon, Jane, Carole (Michael) McDonald, Paul (Rhonda) and the late Brother Joel OSM. She was a proud Gram of Cecelia, Kyle, Ian, Aaron, James, Kathryn, Audrey, Clare, Anneliese, and Evan. She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters Raymond (the late Mary & the late Virginia), Eleanor (the late John) Monette, Therese (the late Col. Donald R. Griesmer) and Msgr. Robert. Also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews, whom she loved.
Helen graduated from St. David High School in Detroit, St. Mary Hospital School of Nursing - Detroit and St. Joseph’s College of Maine.
Helen devoted most of her time to her family. She was involved in both her children and her grandchildren's lives making time to attend both school functions and sporting events for all 10 grandchildren and hosting the week long Camp Oompie during the summer. She enjoyed spending time with Monroe, traveling the world and even cruising the Great Lakes on a working freighter.
Helen was an avid golfer enjoying the links with her husband as often as she could. They enjoyed golf and the beach at their condo in Venice, Florida. They both volunteered their time to Epiphany Cathedral - Venice, Venice Historical Society, Venice Library. She was also a member of a woman's golf league during the summer months.
Helen was a special friend to many and involved in many social groups over the years including needlepoint, dining, cards, books and theater groups as well as an active member in the Wayne County Medical Society Auxiliary, holding many leadership offices. Her ability to be a good friend and make people feel special will be missed by both family and friends.
Visitation will be Sunday January 14, 2018 from 3 to 9 PM at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home 20705 Mack Avenue (at Vernier Rd.), Grosse Pointe Woods. Rosary at 7 pm.
The Funeral Mass will be on Monday, January 15, 2018, at 10 AM St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church 21620 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores. Visitation at church begins at 9:30 a.m.
Memorial tributes to Fr. Solanus Casey Center 1780 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207, Grosse Pointe Theatre 315 Fisher Road Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 or the charity of your choice.
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Grosse Pointe Woods, MI US 48236
St. Clair Shores, MI US 48080