Helen Frances Norbotten

Tawas City, Michigan
November 30, 1930 - March 8, 2018

Service Location

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Manistique, Michigan

Obituary Notice

Helen Frances Norbotten passed away peacefully on March 8, 2018 with her family by her side. Helen was born on November 30, 1930 in Youngstown, Ohio to Michael and Catherine (Hatala) Faketty. She moved to Manistique at a very early age and resided there for the major part of her life. She attended St. Francis de Sales School for eight years and graduated from Manistique High School in 1949. Helen married Konrad Norbotten on March 17, 1951. During her life, she worked as a telephone operator for General Telephone Co. from 1950 to 1962 when the company switched to dial service. She sailed aboard the Great Lakes Steamer, Edward J. Berwind for 4 months in 1953. From 1964 until 1996, she was employed at Norden's Foodland in Manistique where she worked first in the meat department, then as a check-out clerk and finally as the store bookkeeper for 25 years until the store closed in 1996. Her final working years were spent in East Tawas, MI at Monument Financial Services during tax season. She retired from there in 2006. Helen had a strong faith in God and was a member of St. Francis de Sales Parish her whole life. During that time she was a member of St. Martin's Circle, the Counting Team and sang in the Resurrection Choir. Helen was a member of the Senior Center and enjoyed playing cards there. She also enjoyed bowling and bowled on a league for 32 years. Helen was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Tigers and Lions. She especially enjoyed her trips to Detroit and Kansas City to watch the Tigers in person. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Konrad in 1996, her parents, Michael and Catherine Faketty, her brothers Frank and Michael Faketty, her sister Betty Faketty; her in-laws Helmer and Oline Norbotten; brothers-in-law, Hans and Harry Norbotten; sisters-in-law, Sarah Faketty and Beverly Norbotten, nephews, Terrance, Patrick, and Kelly Faketty. Survivors include: daughter Janeen Cappeart, Manistique, MI; daughter Karen (Tom) Arnold, Tawas City, MI; grandchildren, Connie (Greg) Johnson, Green Bay, WI; Kristi (Cliff) Miller, East Tawas, MI; Tim (Heather) Bosanic, Gladstone, MI; Kreg (Niina) Arnold, Goldsboro, NC; Steven Cappeart (Lauren Norkooli), Green Bay, WI; great grandchildren, Alyssa and Lindsey Johnson, Green Bay, WI; Savannah, Veronika, Jonathan and Michael Arnold, Goldsboro, NC; Kara and Kade Bosanic, Gladstone, MI; Xavier Cappeart, Green Bay, WI; sister, Mary King, East Lansing, MI; sisters-in-law, Patty Faketty, and Loretta Gould, both of Manistique, MI. and several nieces and nephews. Helen enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren - especially when they gathered at her home. She made everything special! Cremation has taken place and a Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Manistique, Michigan. Her family will welcome friends for visitation at the Church Saturday from 12:00 PM until the time of Mass. There will be a luncheon in her honor following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, 210 Lake Street, Manistique, MI 49854. An online guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


I had the good fortune of getting beat several times over in cribbage by this little darlin’ but as hard as you tried, you did not skunk me. You had a poker face that never gave a hint, one way or the other, and of course made sure you won our last game together, so you remain the champ. Well played Helen…well played! I marveled at your keen memory and quick wit that never missed a beat and I doubt I will ever meet a more true-blue Detroit Lions and Tigers fan than you. So thankful we had you around for these past 87 years and were a part of my life for nearly 50. You made a significant difference in so many lives; raised two very remarkable women that resulted in a legacy of many souls you can be proud of. You will be sorely missed, each and every day. When you run into my Dad up there, see if you can beat him in cribbage. I look forward to watching that game play out! I love you Helen...my sister in pink.
— Jan Arnold
Hey Mom, I realized after your passing that you had been my sole Mother for almost a year longer of my adult life then my biological Mother. You helped me learn so much about patience, endurance and strength. Helen you "did it your way!" You showed each of us unconditional love, how to follow God's will, and how to keep busy and stay with the times (IPAD, Skype, FaceTime, solitaire, cribbage, crossword puzzles, picture albums, S Harvey, Little People, DW Stars, game shows, etc...). In all your pain you did it all and you showed us how to go to Heaven with dignity! You absolutely used the body God gave you until it just gave out. I will always reflect on your living and your passing as beautiful lessons. Your very best Son, Tom. PS I still won't do dumplings.
— Tom and Karen Arnold

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