Michele Helbig 1965-2019

DUBLIN — Michele Helbig, 54, passed away peacefully, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, surrounded by family. Michele fought a brief battle against a rare form of sarcoma (PEComa / cancer).

Michele was born July 18, 1965, to parents Edward Antonelli of Howland and Josephine Reinard of Niles.

Michele and Dan were married Oct. 24, 1992. She was a wonderful wife and friend. She was an amazing mother and incredibly proud of her children. She enjoyed living each day to the fullest and “told us to live each day as if it were your last.” Those words were spoken by her often and for many years. She enjoyed beating her husband at golf, even if she only played once or twice a year. She was incredibly smart and had a very dry, sharp wit.

The following passage brought Michele much peace during her courageous battle. She wanted it to be shared:

“It’s a gift to exist, and with existence comes suffering. There’s no escaping that. I don’t want it to have happened. I want it to not have happened. We’re asked to accept the world that God gives us. And to accept it with love. If God is everywhere, and God is in everything, then the world as it is, is all just an expression of God and his love. And you have to accept it with gratitude. You have to be grateful for all of it. You can’t pick and choose what you’re grateful for.”

In addition to her parents, Michele is survived by her husband of 27 years, Dan; and their children, Cole and Lauren Helbig of Dublin; as well as her sister, Jennifer (Gary) Timko of Chesapeake, Va.; and brothers, Joe Allen of Warren and George (Sandy) Allen of Champion. She is also survived by many aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews that she dearly loved.

A celebration of life for Michele will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Scioto Reserve Country Club, 7383 Scioto Pkwy., Powell, Ohio 43065, where at 6 p.m., there will be a service to honor Michele.

A memorial Mass will be at noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 232 Seneca Ave. NE, Warren, Ohio 44481, where on that day, Michele’s family will receive friends and family, from 11 a.m. to noon, prior to the mass.

Michele was thankful for her family, her many friends and her IBM work family for seeing her through this incredible struggle. Michele also wanted to thank Dr. James Chen and Dr. Jordan Cloyd, and the James Cancer Center staff for their outstanding and compassionate care. Michele and her family also received incredible care from the Kobacker House Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, Michele requested that you may consider a gift to the James Cancer Center, 460 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210, or the Kobacker House Hospice, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214.

Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook, and send condolences to Michele’s family.

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