Helen E. Rateau

Helen E. Rateau, nee Gavin, age 57, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007 following a valiant struggle with cancer.

Helen was a nomadic free spirit who graduated from Hartford Union High School, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where she obtained a bachelorís degree in medical technology.

A mother of nature, she so loved her cats, squirrels and butterflies, dragonflies and garden.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Michelle (Matthew McManus) Pietsch; grandchildren, Gavin and Margaret McManus; and siblings, Kathleen Van Ark, Donald Gavin, Michael Gavin, Carol Robbins, Elizabeth Nelson, Lillian Weber and Jill Ocasio.

Further surviving are her "adopted daughter" niece, Heather Miller, and many more loving nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in in death by her parents, Leonard and Isabelle Gavin, and her sister, Lenore Cutting.

A celebration of Helenís life will be held at Mariannoís on the River, 352 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Helenís favorite charity, Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741 (www.bestfriends.org).

The Evert-Luko Funeral Home, 170 Warren Ave., Hartland, (262-367-2156) is assisting the family.

"Heaven will welcome her gladly because of her great love for the earth."