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Helen Martinez

June 9, 2020

Helen Mary Martinez, age 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday June 9, 2020, with her family and loving husband of 62 years by her side.

Helen was born on October 10, 1930 in Gary, Indiana, and graduated in 1948 from Froebel High School in Gary, Indiana. Helen continued her education by attending and graduating from business school  and then began her dedicated career with U.S. Steel.  Later on she worked alongside her son, Joseph, as his secretary and bookkeeper for Archie's Auto Recyclers in Merrillville, IN.

Helen is survived by her loving husband, Jesse Louis Martinez, and her 5 children: Louis (Pat) Martinez of Crown Point, IN, Yolanda (Robert) Santos of Crown Point, IN, Joseph (Melissa) Martinez of Schererville, IN, Lisa (Richard) Mazzio of Basking Ridge, NJ, and Laure Jean (Timothy) Gilliam of Denver, CO.; and sister, Emily Duenas of Gary, IN.

Helen is also survived by her pride and joy, her grandchildren – all granddaughters: Michele (Timothy) Jurgens, Cheryl (Craig) Taylor, Linda (Ryan) Montgomery, Sara Martinez, and Bianca Marie Martinez. Additionally, Helen had 8 great grandchildren. She had many nieces, nephews, and cousins from both sides of her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents Manual and Cirila Camarena; her sister, Triny Varela; and her brother Manuel Camarena.

Helen was resolute in her dedication and love as a wife and mother. She was a thoughtful, caring, and dedicated member of her church, Our Lady of Consolation, where she and Louis were founding parishioners. She was the matriarch of the Martinez family who instilled honesty, endurance, a strong Catholic faith, and the value of hard work. She loved to shop, cook, bake, and craft.  Spending time with her family, alongside her husband Louis, was the most perfect way she liked to spend her time. She was influential to everyone who encountered her and will be missed by all.

Visitation for Helen will be held 9:30 to 10:30 AM on Monday June 15, 2020 inside the vestibule of Our Lady of Consolation Church (Visitation restricted to 25 people in the vestibule at any given time. Facemasks and gloves are required by all visitors.  Please adhere to all social distancing guidelines.) Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30, with interment at Calumet Park Cemetery.

Visitation

Monday, June 15, 2020
9:30 - 10:30 AM

***Visitation restricted to 25 people in the vestibule at any given time.  Facemasks and gloves are required by all visitors. Please adhere to all social distancing guidelines.***

Our Lady of Consolation

8303 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN 46410 VIEW MAP

T 219-769-1755

Service

Monday, June 15, 2020
10:30 AM

***Facemasks and gloves are required by all visitors. Please adhere to all social distancing guidelines.***

Our Lady of Consolation

8303 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN 46410  VIEW MAP

T 219-769-1755