Obit: Helen Bahr, 93, Pentwater

April 24, 2015

Helen Victoria Bahr, 93 of Bass Lake, Pentwater went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  Helen was born on July 9, 1921 in Ludington, the youngest child of Karl and Lena Johnson, and graduated from Ludington High School.  On August 12, 1944, she married Robert A. Bahr at the home of her sister in Ludington, and they have celebrated 70 blessed years by each other’s side.  Together they farmed in Eden Township and operated the Riverton Country Store for many years while raising their four children.  Helen also served as a Realtor for Oceana Realty for a few years.

A very social person, Helen made many lifelong friends.  She loved being a Mom and Grandma and enjoyed visiting with friends, catching up on old times, often from her front porch on Bass Lake.  In her quiet time, she liked to paint or play the organ.  She also had a soft spot in her heart for animals of all kinds.  Helen was a Lifelong member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Ludington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Robert Bahr last year, her sisters Elnora Rasmussen, Anna French, and Nina Sanders, and her brothers Nels and Karl Johnson.

Helen will be greatly missed by her beloved husband Robert, her sons Wayne (Debbie) Bahr, and David (Judy) Bahr all of Custer, her daughter Judy (Mark) Nichols of Scottville, her daughter-in-law Barbara Bahr of Fountain, 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 4 great, great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral Services will be held for Helen at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 25 at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Ludington with her pastor, Rev. Mick Shriver officiating.  Burial will take place at Center Riverton Cemetery.  Friends may meet with her family on Saturday morning from 10:00 am until time of services at the church.  Those who wish to make contributions in Helen’s memory are asked to consider Lakeshore Animal Friends.

Please visit Helen’s personal memory page at to leave a tribute of Helen for her family, or to light a candle in her memory.