Helen F. Brainerd
At age 95, died Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Chelsea Retirement Community due to complications from COVID 19. She was born October 20, 1924 in Brownville, Minnesota, the daughter of Matt and Francis (Hartel) Mollner.
Helen was best known as the “Garage Sale Lady”. Everyone will miss her freezer jam, her cakes, and especially her cereal cake.
On December 23, 1945, Helen married Hiram Brainerd in Ecorse, Michigan and he preceded her in death in 1967. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, Michael, and ten brothers and sisters.
She leaves behind three daughters, Sherry Orrell, Collette Sprenkel, and Annette Stiers. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
There will be no public services. A private burial will take place from Mt. Hope Cemetery in Waterloo, Michigan. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.