Helen C. Medich, 90, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family Tuesday August 20, 2019. Helen was born in Duluth, MN, the youngest child of Christ A. and Laura Helen Andrews.
Known and loved by many, Helen never failed to feed anyone who stopped by. She learned to cook during her youth by working in her family's restaurants, The Main and The Jolly Fisher, in Duluth. Proud of her Greek heritage and following in the footsteps of many family members before her, she was one to serve others through her cooking, gifting chocolate bunnies at Easter for Sunday-schoolers, buying winter coats for schoolchildren, and her quiet mentorship to both young and old.
After working in the restaurants, she worked in the proof department at Northern City National Bank and subsequently alongside her husband in their retail pharmacies. She met the love of her life, George Medich, at the family restaurant, the Main Cocktail Lounge in 1952. They married in 1954 after a courtship that included many pints of Bridgeman's ice cream. To Helen, her family and the traditions of her Greek heritage were everything. She worked diligently to raise her six children who learned how to love and care for people through watching how she did that with others. Through all of this, Helen never missed an opportunity to include people in family celebrations, especially the legendary
gatherings with spit-barbequed lamb and chicken at their Big Lake cabin. Her bright spirit will be remembered by all who knew her, including many an animal that followed her around looking for treats that "accidentally" fell from her hands.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband George, parents Christ and Laura Andrews, sisters Angeline Ballas and Mary Kuzas, and several beloved Aunts, Uncles and cousins.
She will be greatly missed by her children: Mary (Terry) Tilander, Mike, Christ, Cathy, Paula (David) Kaufman, George Medich Jr; her grandchildren Adria (Nate) Haapoja, Emma, Andrew, and Helen Kaufman and Matthew Medich, and her great-grandchildren Eleni, William, and Ruby Haapoja, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Tom and Ady Kuzas, special cousins, friends, and Koumbari.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Helen's name are preferred to: Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church Sunday School Endowment, George and Helen C. Medich Family Medical Scholarship or St. George Serbian Orthodox Church. Visitation will be held Friday August 23, 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00PM at the Dougherty Funeral Home, with the Trisagion service at 6:30pm. Funeral Service at 10:00 am Saturday, August 24th at Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Church, 632 E. 2nd St., Duluth MN 55805. Burial at Forest Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth. 600 E. 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55805. 218-727-3555.
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