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Helen Lou Gilsdorf

August 8, 1935 ~ June 4, 2019 (age 83)


Helen Lou Gilsdorf, 83 of Bridgman, formerly of Madison, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Woodland Terrace, Bridgman.

Friends may meet with the family from 4-6 PM Monday, June 10, 2019 at The Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman.  Entombment will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona, Wisconsin, where a committal service will be held at 2:30 PM Tuesday, June 11.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences accepted at

Helen was born August 8, 1935 in Dayton, Ohio the daughter of the late Hayden and Garnet (Brown) Potterf. On October 6, 1956 she married John R. Gilsdorf and he preceded her in death on September 3, 2016.  Helen enjoyed crafting, casino trips, knitting,  puzzles, and spending time with her loving family. Helen was always a fun-loving, busy grandma with a great sense of humor. On her last day with us she was laughing with the loving staff at Woodland Terrace.  The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff there for their many years of loving care to both Helen and John.

Survivors include three daughters: Janet (Rick) Mankowski, Karen (Mike) Bitter and Linda Gilsdorf; five grandsons: Jonathan (Amber) Mankowski, Jerimiah (Sarah) Mankowski, Steve (Katie) Bitter, Jack Bitter and Nick (Ashley) Bitter;  and five great grandchildren: Bryc e McConnell, Lauren Mankowski, Emma Bitter, Nolan and Lane Bitter; a sister: Linda (G.B.) Ogle.

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June 10, 2019

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel
9191 Red Arrow HIghway
Bridgman, MI 49106

Gathering of Family and Friends
June 11, 2019

2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Roselawn Memorial Park
401 Femrite Dr.
Monona, WI 53716

Funeral Service
June 11, 2019

2:30 PM
Roselawn Memorial Park
401 Femrite Dr.
Monona, WI 53716


Alzheimer's Association/ Michigan Great Lakes Chapter
200 Turwill Lane Suite 6, Kalamazoo MI 49006

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