Obituaries

Helen R. Garrett

Died: 2011-08-17
Resided in:
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2011-08-23 /8:30am - 10:30am
Service type: Funeral Mass
Service date: 2011-08-23 11am
Service location: St. Mary of the Annunciation
Burial type: Burial / St. Joseph's, Lynn Ma
Burial date: 2011-08-23
Cemetery: St. Joseph's
Contributions: http://www.vnaofme.org/hospice/
Obituary:  

Helen Rose (Riggillo) (Raimo) Garrett, 86 years, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 17, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Lester Garrett and first wife of the late Frank Raimo, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Born on September 2, 1924, in East Boston, MA , and formerly of Lynn, MA and New Port Richey, Fl. Helen’s legacy is her spirit and zest for life. She will be remembered for her warmth, wisdom, vivaciousness and her ability to love. She enjoyed volunteering for the AMVETS as auxiliary Chaplin of New Port Richey and also her trips to Las Vegas. She celebrated life with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and special friends. Helen enjoyed live theater, bowling, bingo, playing cards, and any social event that included family or friends. She also loved her collection of ceramic clowns. The family is wrapped in her love and the warmth of her handmade afghans.

She is survived by her loving and devoted daughters, Alice Gray of NH, Diana (William) Maciak of Lynn, MA, Janet (Curtis) Kimball of Danvers, MA and sons, Michael (Barbara) Raimo of North Carolina and Frank (Judy) Raimo of Saugus, MA. She will be missed by her 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Those desiring, may make Memorial contributions in Helen's name to the Sawtelle Hospice House Foundation,Development Office VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice 607 North Avenue, Suite 17 Wakefield, MA 01880 or see :http://www.vnaofme.org/hospice

online expressions of sympathy below :

I will truly miss my Aunt Helen and our lengthily discussions over the years. As stated in her obituary, she was all about family and friends . . . especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. What a family, my family! I have always felt a closeness to everyone as she told me all her stories about family gatherings, kids off in college, whose moving where, marriages and babies, and trips to viva Los Vegas. What a zest for life and love. In my thoughts and prayers, Leah
I'm so sorry to hear about your mother Janet (and family). I am thinking of you at this difficult time, and sending prayers your way. Virginia (VP)
Alice, I only met your Mom once but she left quite an impression. I have so enjoyed your stories about how you and your family would sing and dance with your Mom. Great memories for all of you. My thoughts are with you and your family. XO Karen Jones
Helen is an inspiration for all of us. She was full of fun, loved an adventure, and adored her family. Getting to know Helen and sharing stories about all our mutual friends was a gift I will treasure. I will always hold dear the time spent with her. She will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of meeting her. Jan, you and your family are in my prayers. Nan
Diana, I am so sorry for your loss and have you an your family in my thoughts and prayers. Her memory will be with you forever. Debbie
We will miss Grandma's smile and humor!! Always smiled when she was around. Our prayers are with you. Love you all! The Beaudry Bunch
Janet, While I never had the privilege of meeting your Mom, just listening to you talk about the things she enjoyed and what made her happy tells me that she had a zest for life and enjoyed the unexpected. You and your family are in my prayers. Cheryl W.
I remember Auntie Helen as a fun-loving and caring person. She will always be remembered fondly, and all of my cousins are in my thoughts at this sad time. With love, Laura (Coviello) Hoey
Alice, I never met your Mom but you've talked a lot about her so I feel as though I do know her. My thought and prayers are with you and your family. You'll always have your memories. Joyce
We are thinking of you and praying that God gives you the stregnth to endure the next couple of weeks. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Remember the Good and Funny times. Love Vicky and Dennis Perkins
ALICE,MICKEY,DIANE,JANET,FRANKIE, I am thinking and praying for all of you. I will always have the fun times and memories of growing up as a happy family and sharing the songs dances card games and laughter in helen's home. I will miss talking to her at midnight because she was just coming home from one of her many places with her friends. The cooking for New Year's dinner with many that have passed,but these memories are what bind all of us to one another and keep us going. I will miss her as I do my father (her uncle Rockey who she wanted to marry when she grew up)and as I miss my Mother Lola and take comfort that there is a BIG party in heaven. Helen and I never hung the phone up until we said I love you and I say to all my cousin Ilove you. Rest in Peace cousin Helen I love you couson Mary Sue
I remember as a kid looking forward to visiting Helen's house. As an adult, I loved when she came home to visit. She was always quick with praise, had an infectious laugh and a glow about her. You just knew she loved life. I will NEVER forget her smile and warmth. Helen - you will be missed. Our love and prayers to her family. Love you all. Susan (LoChirco) ONeil
Not all of us will live a long time, but we can all live well each day with laughter, the Lord, and the little things in life. Gramma's gentle loving patience, her faith and prayers for all of us. I don’t think she ever found fault in anybody, but inspired instead. Grammma’s laughter, her little smiles and hugs will always be warm memories, like every time I called she would say “Stevie, I was just thinking of you!” Once in a while I would get a picture with my name on it. Other times it would be a picture of me with one of my brother’s name; it was just something special…a little thing. So Gramma Helen, goodbye, I love you, and will always miss you. To our family: God Bless You. “Stevie” Raimo.
Dear Cousins, Alice, Mickey, Diane, Janet and Frankie: You are all in my thoughts as you transition to the next couple of months without your wonderful mom. I looked forward as a child to my visits to my aunts in Boston. Especially Aunt Helen, -- As we were sure to laugh and have plenty of Sugary Sweets...Aunt Helen always made me feel loved and I always looked forward to her smile - She had a Zest for Life and followed her dreams.. She raised such a wonderful family and you should be proud that she was your Mom.. Love you alll Sandra (Riggillo) Alger
We are thinking of you as you grieve the loss of your mother and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate her life. Sincerely, Bryce and Liz Unruh of Erie CO (friends of Bill and Chris Raimo)
Alice, My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Though I never met your mother, she was certainly a special lady based on the stories you shared about her - and how she faced her illness. I hope you find some peace and comfort surrounded by those who love her, and you. With sympathy, Karen
First off I would like to say that grandma loved us all, each and everyone of us. She was a loving and wonderful woman who brought us together and was the "Hard Rock" cornerstone to our family. I have very fond memories of grandma especially her smile and her hugs. There aren't many people in this whole wide world that could say they were blessed to have their Great Grandmother for 28 years of their life, but I can. We were 5 generations of family with the love and compassion that few have ever felt. Each and everyone of us is blessed everyday knowing the fact that you touched our lives. Your joy of life is something that I will cherish forever. I am proud to have grown as a man and know that I had you to look up to. I will love you forever, always and eternally. Your GREAT GRANDSON, Ryan

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