Mrs. Helen L. Vezino, age 91 of Lowell, MI passed away peacefully in her home on May 13, 2022. Born and raised in Roseville, MI, Helen was one of five daughters born to Canadian immigrants, James and Edith “Wave” Shepard. From an early age Helen enjoyed singing and sewing, even making her own 8th grade graduation dress. Her creativity continued throughout her life as she became an avid crafter, baker, and gardener. Helen got engaged to her late husband, Joseph ”Skip” Vezino while still in high school. Helen and Skip had 7 sons and 1 daughter, and primarily raised their family in Lowell, MI. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, homemaker, thoughtful gift giver, master angler of Clam Lake, and a very competitive card shark. With her quick wit and wry sense of humor, Helen was a spirited woman whose vibrancy and determination shined to all that had the honor to know her.
Helen is survived by her loving family: sons, Robert (Bonnie) Vezino, Joseph A (Barb) Vezino, Kevin (Mary) Vezino, Barry (Pat) Vezino, Jay (Sarah) Vezino, Jon (Chris) Vezino and Kerry ”Cub” (Jeanne) Vezino; daughter, Sherri Wager; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sister Janet Reaume; and many special nieces and nephews. Helen is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Joseph “Skip” Vezino; parents Edith and James Shepard; sisters Donna “June” Koscielny, Doris “Betty” O’Connor, and Patricia Burtka; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and son-in-law Robert Wager.
Visitation will be held, 4-7 PM, Friday, May 20, 2022, at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson St., Lowell, MI, 49331. Funeral service will be 11AM, Saturday, May 21, 2022, at First United Methodist Church of Lowell, 621 E. Main St., Lowell, MI 49331, with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Brad Brillhart officiating. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. The family would like to give thanks to the Faith Hospice Staff and caregivers, Charmain Burke and Karon Koepke, and special thanks to Dr. John Mogor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lowell Showboat Fund, 110 Riverside Plaza, Lowell, MI 49931, Lowell Historical Museum, 325 W. Main St., Lowell, MI 49331, or First Methodist Church of Lowell.