Helen Kitti Obituary

Helen Marie Kitti
Helen Marie Kitti
Helen Marie Kitti

December 12, 1918 - December 13, 2011
Born in Lake Bronson, MN
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Helen Marie Kitti, 93, passed from this life on December 13, 2011, at Calvin Community in Des Moines, Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, in Calvin's atrium at 4210 Hickman Road, where the family will greet friends the hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial will accompany a second memorial service in the summer of 2012 at the Kitti family home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Helen was born to John and Alice Nordling on December 12, 1918, in Lake Bronson, Minnesota. She trained as a beautician in Minneapolis and opened her own business in Arlington, Virginia. Helen's Beauty Salon flourished for more than 30 years and employed more than ten beauticians at a time. In 1954, Helen married artist Peder Gordon Kitti, beginning a happy and strong 50-year marriage. Upon retirement they moved to the Kitti family home in Calumet, Michigan, spending many fun-filled years there and at their beautiful cottage and studio at Lac La Belle on Lake Superior. Throughout her life, Helen was loved for her hospitality, optimism, and common sense.

Helen is survived by two daughters, Mary Alice (Bruce) Butler of Des Moines and Louise (Greg) Smith of Falls Church, Virginia; four grandchildren, Sidney Louise Butler of Calumet, Michigan, Hilary Butler of Des Moines, Rachel Smith and Arthur Smith of Falls Church, Virginia; one sister, Jeannette Anderson of Warren, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews. The family hopes Helen's spirit of kindness and generosity will continue on through all who knew her. In light of this, the family asks memorial contributions be made by acts of simple kindness in your daily lives.

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Visitation
Calvin Community Atrium
4210 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Celebration of Her Life
Calvin Community Atrium
4210 Hickman Rd.
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
2:00 PM
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