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Helen Kamoroff, a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died on March 21st, 2023 at the age of 99. Funeral services arranged by The Dorfman Chapel.

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Location of Service:
The Dorfman Chapel- main chapel (map to our Chapel)
Date of Service:
Friday March 24th, 2023
Time of Service:
10:00 AM  
Interment at:
Out of State
Mark Kinzer  
Shiva Information:
Family and friends are invited to a luncheon immediately following the service at the residence. Shiva will then continue when the family returns from Baltimore, MD on Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon at the residence. 2820 Ember Way Ann Arbor MI 48104 Phone: (734) 663-1546.  
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Charitable contributions:
The Make A Wish Foundation
7600 Grand River Dr. Ste. 175
Brighton, MI 48114
Phone: (800) 622-9474 or (734) 994-8620  
Family Members:
Beloved wife of the late David Kamoroff. Dear mother of Bernard (Sharon) Kamoroff, Roslyn (Mark) Kinzer and the late Michael (Lois) Kamoroff. Loving grandmother of Beth (Jeff Mackewicz) Kamoroff, Paul (Eldia) Kamoroff, Crystal Kamoroff, Julia (Mitch) Jones, Colleen (Ross Mathewson) Kamoroff, and Corrina Kamoroff. Adoring great-grandmother of Mikayla and David Kamoroff, August and Kai Jones. Also survived by many other loving family members and friends.

Born Ellen Kershman in Baltimore, Maryland, Ellen learned early how to master challenging circumstances. Her mother passed away when Ellen was five years old, and she and her two older siblings went to live with a widowed aunt. With an unwavering sense of identity and purpose, she decided at the age of ten that her name was not Ellen, but Helen, and from that point on she refused to answer to any other name.

At the age of eighteen, one month before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Helen married the love of her life, David Kamoroff. David worked as an engineer at the US Army Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. After David enlisted in the navy, Helen gave birth to their first child. In addition to her childrearing responsibilities during the war, she joined the Red Cross as a nurse’s aid at Baltimore Sinai Hospital.

Her nursing training served her well, for in 1958 she took the position of camp nurse at the Beth Tfiloh Day Camp. Helen held this position for twenty-five joyful years. In that same year Helen also became a full-time elementary school teacher. In both positions she was able to express her abundant creativity, managerial skill, and love for children.

In retirement Helen and David moved to St. Pete Beach, Florida. They traveled to every state in the country, and visited every capital. After David passed away in 1985, Helen became the President of her Three Palms Point condominium. This position gave ample scope for her abilities as a problem-solver and a bringer of order into chaos.

In 2005 Helen moved to Michigan to live with her daughter and son-in-law. She soon developed many close relationships and became a second mother for several of those she befriended.

Most dear to Helen were her six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, who maintained regular contact with her, and were as devoted to her as she was to them

Though she lived for nearly a century, those who loved her wish that they had a few more hours to hear her stories, receive her authoritative advice, or lose to her in a game of Rummikub.  

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