Helen Olivier

Birth: March 12th, 1922
Death: September 18th, 2018
Age: 96 years

Helen M. Olivier

Frankenmuth, MI


Our loving Mother and Grandmother passed away peacefully with family by her side Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at her daughter’s home; Helen was 96 years young.  Helen Mary Macdonald was born on March 12, 1922, in Detroit, Michigan to the late Clarence and Serine Macdonald formerly of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  


Helen was raised in depression era Detroit, graduated from Redford High School and Wayne State University with a Masters in Education and taught at Pershing High School, also in Detroit.

Helen was a teacher for many years and primarily taught Business English and Religious Education.


Helen met her husband, Robert S. Olivier, while she was attending St. Mary’s College and he was pursuing a law degree at Notre Dame. Helen and Robert were married in 1948 in Detroit and their wedding reception was held at the Detroit Yacht Club.  Robert was an attorney with Lawyer’s Title for his entire career; he predeceased her in 1996.  They were happily married for 48 years and were partners in their love of music, theater, their children and their faith.  Helen and Robert raised 6 children in the Detroit suburb of Lathrup Village where they built their first home, then moved to Frankenmuth in 1972.  Many family events revolved around music; both Robert and Helen were accomplished piano players.  Helen was also a talented actress and they were both involved in many community theater presentations in Detroit and Frankenmuth.


In later years, Helen was especially renowned as a formidable card player, including duplicate Bridge and the all time family favorite; Hearts.  She taught us how to “run them.”


Helen was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church and acted as a lector there for many years.  She was very generous with her time and money and was a caregiver to many.

She enjoyed her winters in Panama City Beach, Florida and will be missed by her many friends in Florida and in Michigan.


Surviving are her children: Mary (Karim) Nafisi-Movaghar of Pasadena, CA; Joanne Olivier of Frankenmuth, MI; Dorothy (Richard Hanger) Olivier of Denver, CO; David (Tony Sanders) Olivier of Arlington, VA; Catherine (Michael) LeRoux of Battle Creek, MI; and Stephen (Jane) Olivier of Frankenmuth, MI; and grandchildren; Arman (Nicole) Nafisi-Movaghar, Aran (Alexa) Nafisi-Movaghar, Kyle (Katie) LeRoux, Claire and Keith LeRoux, and Matthew Olivier. 


Helen was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy M. Macdonald, also of Frankenmuth.


Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 24, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 958 E. Tuscola Rd., Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Fr. Jim Bessert will officiate. Cremation has taken place.  Helen’s family will receive visitors at church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Frankenmuth Wickson Memorial Library.


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