Mary Madeleine Helmbrecht Haslett, Age 71, passed away after a three year health struggle. She passed peacefully with her hands being held by her family on December 23, 2013 in Lansing, MI. Mary was born September 21, 1942, in Warren, Pa., to Kenneth and Mary (Crossett) Graham. She is preceded in death by her son, James Graham.

She had resided in the Okemos/Haslett area since 1966 and was retired after 14 years as Meridian Township Clerk. She loved gardening, spending time at the beach, but was most happy when she was with her four granddaughters. Thank you to the Sparrow Hospital staff who took such wonderful care of Mary. We would also like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Saniya Khan. Saniya is an extraordinary human being who cared for Mary with incredible compassion and dignity and was a blessing to our entire family.

Surviving is her daughter Hope (Steve) Helmbrecht; son Spencer (Theresa); four grandchildren Madison and Mackenzie Krom and Hannah and Jordan Helmbrecht; sister Kay Chase and four nephews, Bill, Eric, Scott, and Andy Chase.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 19, 2014, 1:00 pm at the MSU Alumni Chapel, Auditorium Road, East Lansing, MI. Contributions may be made to the Meridian Township Land Preservation Fund, 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos, MI, 48864 , in memory of Mary, or Dept. of Forestry, Attn: Julie Kerr, Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, Room 126, East Lansing, MI 48824, in memory of her son, James.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at: