Obituary of Helen Mary Andersen (1927 – 2021) – South Glens Falls, NY
Helen Agnes Mary Carroll Andersen of Queensbury left this world on Monday November 15, 2021, shortly before her 95th birthday. Helen was born January 2, 1927 in Brooklyn NY to Herbert J. Carroll and Helen A (Roach) Carroll.
Helen attended Holy Cross Elementary School, St. Joseph’s Commercial High School, and Erasmus Hall High School, all in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Erasmus Hall in January 1945.
On October 2, 1949, she married Kenneth E. Andersen at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brooklyn. They were married for 51 years until Kenneth died in 2000. Together they built a wonderful family which included six children: Paul, Mary, Frances, Bruce, Christopher and Grace. After Kenneth’s death, Helen married John Virum of St. Louis Park, Minnesota on November 13, 2011. They were married for 4 years until John’s death on January 11, 2016. John and Kenneth served together on the USS Gendreau during World War II.
After graduating from high school, Helen was employed by New York Telephone. After her children grew up, she was employed at Sleepy Hollow Restorations, and later at Scher’s Jewelry Store.
Helen devoted much of her time to volunteer activities including Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the US, Norcort Seniors, Capital Region Destroyer Escort Sailors Association (CAPDESA), Westchester County Blood Bank, Lakeland School District Committee on Handicapped and Parents Advisory Committee. Helen was also a member of the choir at St Martin of Tours Church, Bethpage, NY and Holy Spirit Church, Peekskill, NY. She was a member of the parish council for Holy Spirit Church and Our Lady of Carmel Church in Granville, NY. Helen also served on the liturgical commission for Holy Spirit Church.
Helen has received numerous awards and honors for her volunteer work. She received the Wiccopee District BSA District Merit Award and was the first woman on Westchester Putnam Council to receive the Silver Beaver Award. She also completed Woodbadge. She has twice received the Senior Citizen of the Year award – once from Norcort Seniors and also from the town of Cortlandt.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Helen was predeceased by her son-in-law, Alan T. Kozlowski.
Helen is survived by her children, Paul Andersen and his wife Joan of Dayton OH, Mary Dickinson and her husband Dale of Moreau NY, Frances Kozlowski of Hamden CT, Bruce Andersen and his wife April of Hartford NY, Christopher Andersen of Warrensburg NY, Grace Denault and her husband David from Newark DE; two stepchildren, Barbara Virum and Thomas Virum of Minnesota; 14 grandchildren, TSgt Eric Andersen, USAF and his wife Rasamee, Timothy Andersen, Keri Rooks and her husband, David, Jason Dickinson, Alan Kozlowski and his wife Toni, Tania Corfey, Krista Peters, Eric Kozlowski and his wife, Cheryl, Rebekah Battistoni and her husband, Peter, Davy Arlo Andersen and his wife, Carolyne, Jennie Demers and her husband, Justin, Damien Andersen and his wife, Charissa, Alanna Denault and Bridget Denault; 19 great-grandchildren; with another great-granddaughter expected at any time; as well as nieces and nephews.
Friends and family can call 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021 at MB Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Annunciation Church, Queensbury with Reverend Joseph Busch, pastor, officiant.
The rite of incarceration will follow at Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd. Schuylerville, NY.
It was Helen’s wish that donations in her memory be made to USS Slater (DESA Historical Museum), PO Box 1926, Albany, NY 12201 or Our Lady of the Annunciation Church, 448 Aviation Road, Queensbury, NY.
Posted by MB Kilmer Funeral Home on November 17, 2021.