On September 3, 2004 in the San Jacinto Valley Chronicle in Riverside County, California was published the following obit of this former Hagerman resident:
Helen E. Margaretich, 84, of Hemet, died Aug. 27 at Hemet Valley Medical Center. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario. Miller-Jones Mortuary in Hemet is handling arrangements. Mrs. Margaretich, who was born in New Mexico, lived in Hemet five years. She was a childcare giver. She is survived by her companion, Joe Dempsie Sillivent of Hemet.
After a short illness, Helen Margaretich, age 84, died Friday, August 27, 2004 in Hemet, California.. Funeral service and burial were held September 3 at Bellevue Memorial Park in nearby Ontario. Helen Evelyn was born to John W. Coffee and Dorothy Elta (McCormick) on January 20, 1920 near Roswell, New Mexico.. She fell in love with Joe Sillivent shortly before World War II and followed her new husband to Holyoke, Mass. where he was stationed in the Air Force at Westover Field. Her beloved brother John soon joined them there and the three shared many laughs. They later moved to and stayed in southern California. Helen had a wicked sense of humor and encouraged her nieces to live life to its fullest. She was the aunt who remembered everyone's birthdays and attended all our graduations, weddings and reunions. Helen was passionate about the Dodgers, Elvis Presley, all shades of purple, and her many collections. In her later years she enjoyed taking care of young children at her Lakewood homeómany of whom kept contact with their favorite babysitter. Helen is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Laurence and John; sisters Audrey Willhelm and Elisabeth Ruminson; and her second husband John S. Margaretich. She leaves behind her devoted companion Joe D. Sillivent; seven nieces; three nephews; and their children who will not soon forget their Great-Aunt Helen.
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