Helen Powers Herbert, 90, passed away October 11, 2019

Helen Powers Herbert, 90, of St. Joseph, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 at The Willows in St. Joseph.

Arrangements are entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph. Private burial will take place at Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorial donations in Helen’s name may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741, The Humane Society of Southwest Michigan, or Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to sign Helen’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Helen was born January 30, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to Peter Sr. & Helen (Soemod) Drumm. She graduated from Mercy High School in Chicago, Class of 1946. Helen taught dance at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Chicago as well as singing for many funerals at her Father’s funeral home-Drumm Funeral Home in Chicago. On September 9, 1950, she married John Powers in Chicago. Besides raising & caring for her family, Helen partnered with her husband in several business ventures. She joined her husband at Diamond Automotive Electric in Chicago which he founded in 1948 and owned until 1975 when they moved to Michigan. They together owned & operated the Ray-Mar Motel in Coloma from 1960-1970, & A & A Electric in Benton Harbor from 1975 until 1994. Helen & John were members of the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club and enjoyed wintering on Marco Island, Florida. John preceded her in death on November 9, 1994. On October 24, 1995 she married LeRoy Herbert in Naperville, Illinois. They enjoyed winters together in Naples, Florida. LeRoy preceded her in death on March 9, 2009. Helen was a member of the Mercy High School Alumnae Association in Tinley Park, Illinois. She was very fond of animals, especially dogs. She will be missed by all who knew & loved her.

Helen is survived by her children-Mariann (Robert) Litznerski of St. Joseph, Archie Powers of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, William (Mary) Powers of Plainwell, MI; five grandchildren-Andrea Litznerski, Emily (Andy) Foster, Valerie Litznerski, John Powers, Basil (Liz) Powers; five great-grandchildren-Louis, Frederick & Lillian Foster, Violet & Archie Powers; and a sister-in-law Carlyn Drumm of Indiana. In addition to her husbands, Helen was preceded in death by her brothers-Terrance “Ted” (Elsie) Drumm, Peter “Pete” (Dot) Drumm, Jr. & Henry “Hank” Drumm. 

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