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CRYSTAL FALLS – Helen Ann Podnar, 100, of Lind Road in Crystal Falls, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 7, 2022 at the Iron County Medical Center in Crystal Falls.

She was born on November 14, 1921 to the late George and Amanda (Podnar) Plesha in Painesdale, Michigan.

Helen grew up in Painesdale and married her husband, Paul Podnar, on September 22, 1945, in Painesdale, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. After their marriage, Paul and Helen moved to Niles, Michigan, where they lived from 1945 until 1983, when they moved to Crystal Falls.

Helen worked as a nurse’s aide for many years at Pawating Hospital in Niles. She loved her co-workers and caring for her patients. She was an excellent housewife, who loved to cook, bake and can produce from her garden. Helen was a member of the Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Crystal Falls.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews; and her special friend, Bobbi Lee Stoor.

Besides her parents, Helen was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Paul Podnar; brothers, John Plesha and Joseph Plesha; and her sisters, Mary Plesha, Antoinette Sechan, Kathryn Cloutier, Rose Collins and Madeline Kayfesh.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home, Crystal Falls. A Christian burial mass will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 22, at the Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Crystal Falls.

Interment will be in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Florence, Wis.

Special thanks to the staff at Iron County Medical Care Facility, Victorian Heights, and Dr. Smith for their care and friendship with Helen.

Friends can leave condolences and tributes for Helen’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com.

The family chose Iron Mountain’s Jacobs Funeral Home & Cremation Services to honor Helen’s life legacy.

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