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Helen Rood (Zolkower) Wachler

Helen Rood (Zolkower) Wachler, 95, of Bloomfield Township, Michigan, died on 15 April 2023.

The Funeral was held at Graveside at Beth El Memorial Park, 28120 W 6 Mile Rd, Livonia MI 48152 on Tuesday, 18 April 2023 at 1:00 PM .

Rabbi Tamara Kolton officiated.

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Interment at Beth El Memorial Park, 28120 6 Mile Road, Livonia MI 48152.

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Family members include:
Beloved wife of the late William Zolkower and the late Norman Wachler. Cherished mother of Richard Zolkower (Isabelle), Terry Matlen (Dr. Jerry Matlen), and Harry Zolkower (Anne). Stepmother to Buzz Wachler (Mindy) and Edye Wachler. Loving grandmother of Anna Sherman (Marc), Rebecca Zolkower (Caleb Wheeldon), Kate Matlen Remer (Gary Remer), Mackenzie Matlen, Sarah Kramer (Sam), Emily Zolkower, Emily Falencki (Tim Brennan), Bradley Wachler (Melissa), Lori Wachler. Great grandmother to Nechama, Zissie, Harry Solomon, Miles, Vera, Elise, Patrick, Frances, Mickey, Parker, Braiden, Ari, and Ellie. Loving sister of the late Albert Rood, Eve Novik, Dorothy Abramson, and Betty White. Predeceased by her parents, David Rood and Sarah (Kraznopolsky) Rood and her beloved dog, Sookie. She leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.

Helen was born in Detroit on August 16, 1927 and graduated from Central High School. She will be remembered for her warmth, kindness, sensitivity, generosity, and her incredible creative endeavors. She was an accomplished professional dancer in her early years, then raised her three children, most of those years as a young widow, never once complaining of the hardships she faced. She taught her children to embrace their creative spirits and urged them to find their own way. Never one to sit around, she discovered gourmet cooking, having studied briefly at the Cordon Bleu, then spending years fine-tuning her craft, and finally teaching gourmet cooking classes in her home kitchen and at local events, including one stint alongside Julia Child. Her children were grateful (and lucky) to be her food testers. She then turned to her love of jewelry and taught herself to make unique costume necklaces and could be found in her home studio, working many hours, often late into the night. You couldn’t leave her house without the demand: "pick out three necklaces!” She also spent many years volunteering for the Juvenile Diabetes Assoc.

Her family thanks Carolyn Anderson and her wonderful caregivers at Thrive Assisted Living in Bloomfield Hills.

Family and friends gathering from 2:30-5:00 p.m. at the Kingsley Doubletree Hotel, 39475 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, in the Kingsley Suite, Room 325.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Helen Rood (Zolkower) Wachler may do so by making a contribution to:

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Michigan Chapter
24359 Northwestern Highway Suite 125
Southfield, MI 48075
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Friendship Circle
Meer Family Friendship Center
6892 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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