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Friday, April 06, 2012

 

HELENE WALDER SMITH, WESTFALL TWP., PENNSYLVANIA

Hélène Walder Smith, Westfall twp., Pa., died peacefully at home on April 4, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was 100 years old.
Born in Bronx, NY, on April 2, 1912, to Swiss natives Paul and Hélène (Borner) Walder, she was raised in the Bronx and later Danville, Pa., where she graduated from Danville High School in 1931. She received her Bachelor's degree in teaching from Beaver College (Arcadia University) in 1935. While attending Beaver College, she was involved in the Glee Club, the French Club, the Beaver College Review, the May Day Committee, and was House President. She spoke often her time there, and had many wonderful memories. She was awarded the Theodora Proser scholarship for music study in Philadelphia, where she appeared on radio and on stage. She continued her studies at Penn State and was just a few credits shy of a Master's degree. It was there she met her fellow student and future husband, Dr. J. Glenn Smith, Ed.D., in 1938. They were married in 1941.
Hélène taught French and English at several small schools before moving with her husband to Wilkinsburg, where she taught at the Monroeville Jr. High for 14 years. She was also a professional soloist with a beautiful voice. Glenn and Hélène retired to Westfall in 1985.
Hélène was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Philanthropic and Educational Organization, the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (past president), and the Order of the Eastern Star. She volunteered at The Columns in Milford, the Neversink Museum, and the Lunch Bunch. She loved singing, sewing, playing bridge, baking, entertaining, and enjoying her flower garden.
Surviving are her two daughters: Linda Timm, her caregiver and with whom she resided, and Hélène Shippen and son-in-law Richard Shippen, of NJ; four grandchildren: Reid Shippen and wife Stephanie, TN; Dr. Heather Cianciola and husband Dr. James, MO; Christi Timm and James Timm of Westfall; three great-grandchildren: Eleanor and Avery Shippen, and Evan Cianciola; two nieces and a nephew and their families: Sandy Schoenholtz, Alex Walder, and Pam Camishion; many relatives across this nation and in Switzerland, in particular four cousins and their families: Russ Borner, Dot Duncan, Rosie Meerbott, and Ed Walder; and numerous wonderful friends and neighbors, especially Keith and Pat Startup and Audrita Rybak.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband; her doting brother, Paul Walder Jr.; her dear sister, Marge Walder; sisters-in-law, Marian Martin and Wilma Linkey Walder; son-in-law, Marvin Timm; and infant grandson, Glenn Shippen.
The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Compassionate Care Hospice, in particular to Liz, Katrina, and LaJoyce, and to Dr. Bernstein and Dr. Kauffman.
Funeral services at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home will be announced at a later date, with the Rev. Robert Elliott, Milford Bible Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Forty-Fort Cemetery, Forty-Fort, Pa., at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Arcadia University (450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside, Pa., 19038), The Columns Museum (308 Broad St., Milford, Pa., 18337), the Humane Society of Pike Co. (PO Box 255, Milford, Pa., 18337), or to the Westfall Twp. Vol. Fire Dept (PO Box 154, Matamoras, Pa. 18336). Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. for information,directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com

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