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Mrs. Mary Helen Krup
  • St. Therese Catholic Church
    128 Cedar St.
    Wayland, MI 49348

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“It's been a year, but will always miss you. Just pray my family in heaven are watching and caring for us. Love you. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Walt and Helen Alflen - Bradenton, FL

“I am so sorry for your losses this year. mary and i graduated together and we had a few reunions when we saw each other again. She was a lovely...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Ruth Culver Barrows - Plainwell, MI

“Pat and Mike - Your Mom was a great lady. She was understanding and compassionate, and truly the matriarch of your family. You will all be in my...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: John McCarthy - Grand Ledge, MI

“Pat and Dan, Condolences on the passing of Pat's mother. May God bless you and your family. Take comfort in those moments that are special to you...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Brad and Debi Wyant - MI

“I had the privilege of growing up next door to the Krups' a wonderful loving family. What a beautiful marriage Dick and Mary had on this earth. I...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Lisa Wooten - Grigsby - Wayland, MI

“Dear Helen, I remember what a sweet person she was. Sending thoughts of deepest sympathy to your family with my love. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Marie (Finkbeiner) Whittemore - KY

“I have such wonderful memories when my friend Ed & I used to visit Richard & Mary in Wayland during the summer. The guys would go golfing while Mary ...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Jackie McKenzie

“Rest In Peace Aunt Mary. Your passing is sad for those of us left behind, but we know that you are in a much better place. Your memory will always...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Ken Alflen - Bradenton, FL

“Sweet Mary now at peace & reunited with Dick, the love of her life in the heavenly home. We share your tears for her but smile when we think of her....Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Bob & Ellen Krip - Grandville, MI

“Peace be with you, Wally and I will miss you and have loved you, Mary. But now, you are at peace with Dick and in the arms of our Blessed Savior. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Walt and Helen Alflen - FL

“I always enjoyed my visit with Mary when I brought the Holy Eucharist to her. She was a delightful lady and always asked how my day was going--I...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Janet Sage - Dorr, MI

Mary Helen Krup, loving wife, mother and grandmother, went home to be with the Lord, and to rejoin her husband on December 8, 2015, at the age of 85. She was preceded in death by her closest friend and husband of 65 years, Richard Krup, and her parents John and Helen (Humenik) Koval. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her children: Patricia "Pat" (Dan) Guldenzoph and Richard "Mike" (Judy) Krup; her grandchildren: Andrea (Ryan) Haase, Scott (Joy) Guldenzoph, and Katherine Guldenzoph and Kristen Krup; her sister Helen (Walter) Alflen and her brother John (Patty) Koval; and several nieces and nephews.
Mary provided love and guidance for her family and shared much of her Slovak heritage as a reminder of humble beginnings. She was talented creating crocheted, sewn, or knitted crafts from basic materials and love. Mary's caring went beyond her family and she served the community for years as an election official. Her St. Therese rosary group and parish community were very important and dear to Mary.
Her husband, Richard, cherished the love and spiritual direction that Mary provided for their family. He was also very proud of his 20-year-old navy wife who left a farm to join him in Rhode Island, meet other navy wives, and arrange for their living accommodations when he left her for the first time on a naval mission.
Humility was one of Mary's many virtues, and she never complained or asked anything of her family members when her health was declining. While living at Maplewood Assisted Living, Mary's sweet demeanor and sense of humor were appreciated by the staff and other residents there.
Friends may visit with Mary's family on Friday, December 11, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Kubiak-Cook Funeral Services, 312 N. Main Street, Wayland, with a rosary at 7:30 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Therese Catholic Church, Wayland, with Father Christian Johnston presiding. Family will receive friends and family from 10:30-11:00 AM prior to the Mass. Interment will follow mass at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Mary may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church or Keep Memory Alive at Please visit Mary's memory page to share a story at