Helen was born on August 8, 1930, in Somerville, MA, to George William Wolfe and Helen (Gannon) Wolfe.
She attended the Charles Street School, the Summer Street School and graduated from the Concord High School in New Hampshire where she grew up. She attended and graduated from New Hampshire School of Nursing with affiliation at New Jersey Medical Center.
Helen worked at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital from December 1959 to March 1994 mainly in the Maternity Department. She had many co-workers whose names would be familiar to Islanders, Turk Kingsbury, Betsy Boggess, Tootie Johnson, Jane Keenan, Almeida Reed, Gladys Welch, Louise Yapp, Judy Hathaway and Ann Burt. Just to name a few.
After a few years of retirement she went on to work at the Howes House Council on Aging in West Tisbury where she enjoyed being the receptionist from 2004 to 2012. Helen loved to knit, work on crafts, socialize and go to the beach, in her day. She had many close friends and enjoyed living on the Vineyard since the 1950’s.
Helen is survived by stepdaughters, Pamela Brown Martisauskas of Oak Bluffs and her son Jason Martisauskas and family; Helen Brown Harley of Rhode Island and her daughters Nancy Iadeluca and Patricia Harley and family; Jeanne Brown Bryan of New Orleans and family; Pamela Ridgeway, Rebecca Jacoves, Peter Bryan and their families; Elizabeth Brown Ciciora (predeceased) and her son Jeffrey Ciciora and his wife Sandy and their daughter Molly Ciciora and son Benjamin Ciciora; Patricia Brown West of Florida (predeceased) and her son Elon “Trip” West (predeceased) and her surviving son Andrew West.
She is also survived by her sister Nancy Nylen of New Hampshire and her family, Mark, Carol (predeceased), Paul, Jon, and David and their families. Helen was predeceased by her two brothers, Kenneth Wolfe and Robert Wolfe. Members of Robert’s family are Sally, Robert, Peter, Gary and Jane and their families. Helen is survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held on Wednesday, December 6th at 11:00 a.m. in the Oak Grove Cemetery on State Road in Vineyard Haven officiated by the Rev. Dr. Leo Christian and followed by a gathering of friends and relatives at Helen’s home in West Tisbury. Arrangements were under the care of Chapman, Cole and Gleason funeral home Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs.
The family would like to give their appreciation to the VNA, Elderly Services, Hope Hospice, Horizons for Geriatrics and Sostek for their services and care given to Helen during her illness.
Donations in her memory may be made to the West Tisbury Fire Department and EMT’s, P.O. Box 490 or to Friends of the Up Island Council on Aging, P.O. Box 3174, both in West Tisbury, Ma, 02575.