Helen E. (nee Gavin) Rateau

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

She 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.

She 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. She is further survived by her "adopted daughter" niece, Heather Miller, and many more loving nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Isabelle Gavin, and her sister, Lenore Cutting.

There was a celebration of her life at Mariannoís on the River, 352 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007.

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).

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

Evert-Luko Funeral Home in Hartland assisted the family.