Helen Breitmayer arrived in this world on September 26, 1936. She joined her brother, Bill, and her parents Vern and Helen Breitmayer in Jackson, MI. Her early years were spent between Jackson and Ann Arbor, attending schools in the latter. In 1957, Helen graduated from the University of Michigan, then spent three years teaching 3rd and 4th grade students before moving to CA with her family. After attending San Francisco State College for certification teaching blind students, Helen taught blind students in Redwood City, CA. While there, she met her future husband, Jerry Rettig, an electronics technician, in 1963. They wed later that year.
In 1970, the Rettigs moved to Rollins, MT, where they opened up a TV repair business. Helen assisted in the business and also transcribed several books into braille. After moving the shop to Polson, Helen continued working in the TV shop until the shop closed in the mid-80s. Helen also worked at the New Life Bookstore in Polson. She remained there until her retirement.
Helen became a follower of Jesus Christ in the early ‘70s, and spent many years assisting New Life Christian Center maintain communications with missionaries around the world.
Helen lived in St. Joseph Assisted Living for the past ten years, and spent her final weeks in Polson Health and Rehab, finally passing into eternity on Sept. 13, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents; by her brother, Bill; and by her husband, Jerry. She is survived by her son, Kevin (Jackie) and her granddaughter, Fiona. Her remains will be interred in Lakeview Cemetery.