Helen M. Fabian

Helen Marie (Pristas) Fabian, 94, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2023 in Marinette.

Born Dec. 12, 1928 in Menominee, Mi., to the late Oliver F. Allard and Helen C. Pristas, she graduated from Menominee High School in 1947. She married Donald A. Fabian and they lived in Sheboygan for most of her life. Her husband retired in 1987 and they moved to Menominee, affectionately known as “God’s Country.”

A former member of both the Sheboygan and Menominee Women’s Club, she also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, was a life member of 32nd Division Veterans Association, Menominee and Sheboygan Elks Club and also many other organizations, often in leadership roles. She was also elected to the Planning Commission for the City of Menominee and was a member of Holy Spirit Church.

In earlier years, she was an avid golfer, winning many trophies, enjoyed keeping up with current events reading newspapers and viewing other media.

She was well known by her nickname, “Cookie” for her magnificent cookies, bun bars and other sweet treats.

Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Ann Cook (Arnold) Sdano of Overland Park, Ks. and Mary Elizabeth Cook (Thomas) Sommersberger of Sheboygan; further survived by Andrea (Greg) Myrick and their children, Megan and Charlie of Rochester Hills, Mi.; Adrian (April) Sdano and their child, Adrian Jr. of Greeley, Co. and Gregory (Carrie) Sommersberger and their children and Oliver and Lena of Grafton and Brian (Meggan) Sommersberger and their children, Evelyn and William of Sheboygan.

Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver; a sister, Sr. M. Oliver; a brother, Oliver G. Allard and often spoke of being born at 6:30 a.m. and her young brother passing at 6:30 p.m. Her former husband, Kenneth R. Cook also preceded in death.

Visitation was held at Cadieu Funeral Home in Menominee on Saturday March 11 from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church in Menominee. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee. Memorials can be made to Holy Spirit Church or an organization one’s choice.


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