Helen was born on August 12, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY. She later moved to Long Island, NY. She lost her mother at the tender age of 11 years old and was left raising her siblings to include; Her sister Peggy, baby brother Will (who was raised with her daughters and has been more of a brother to them than an uncle). Helen has overcome many challenges in her life and was a strong, beautiful, smart, funny, stubborn but sassy woman. She will be forever missed. Nothing was more important to Helen than her family. Her loyalty, love and support was shown in countless ways until her last breath. She was fiercely loyal and she loved with all her heart and she is loved in return.
Helen was a hairdresser and later at the age of 50 became an LPN. She loved being a nurse and helping and caring for other people, specifically the geriatric population.. Alas, being in the nursing profession, she understood the seriousness of declining health, but each time she went to the hospital for treatment, she always seemed to put on her "nursing cap" and due to her stubborn personality she could not be a passive patient. She always knew better even when she didn’t. Most of the nurses and doctors respected her as a fellow colleague and treated her with respect, dignity, kindness and at times, a bit of sterness telling her she needed to follow their advice and reminding her “what would you tell your patients?”
Helen was the first woman on Long Island to sit behind a race car and she was excitedly invited to race a car in the “powder puff derby.” Racing was a big part of our lives as young children and a big part of Helen’s. Racing events were a regular Saturday family outing and lots of fun for all. Fun fact, Helen beat her husband, Eddie in the powder puff race where men’s ego’s were large and in charge. Her victory meant that the men would no longer work on her car. Therefore, this was the end of Helen’s racing days.
Some good memories: Helen preparing for the holidays. Putting up her tree, unpacking her favorite ceramic houses, setting up the train under the tree. Christmas’ at aunt Kitty's singing Chipmunks Christmas songs.
Helen getting ready to go out and decking herself out to go out dancing with her sister Peggy and later in life, her daughters.
Putting on a full face of make-up and hair to mow the lawn, when her daughters were in labor or even to walk to the mailbox. Heaven forbid she be caught without looking her best.
Cleaning and listening to Donna Summer, Connie Francis on the record player, singing, dancing around the house
Helen had the good fortune to travel and have fun in Aruba. She also played in Mexico, Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Barcelona and even Florida before she eventually moved here. As a family we are grateful that she found enjoyment in life. Helen has taken her final trip and is now in Heaven joined together with all of her loved ones and her grandson Ricky, whom she adored and all others who preceded her.
Helen was a beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and friend who lives on forever in our thoughts.memories and actions.
You are loved and you will be missed!
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