Aunt Helen

We said goodbye to my Great Aunt Helen this week.  She was my Grandpa Inchiostro’s youngest sister.  She passed away last Saturday at the age of 103.  There is so much I would like to say about her, but my words cannot do her justice.  Let me just say, her life was extraordinary.  You wouldn’t even believe me if I told you some of her stories.  She was a 4’10” giant.

I think she was 97 in this photo (maybe 98). Look at that youthful glow!

Only Aunt Helen can call you “honey” and not offend you.   In my memory, she called everyone honey but it still felt special when she was addressing you.

She left a lasting mark on my girls. I know they will remember her forever.

She loved, laughed and left an amazing legacy through her talented children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  Everything about her was memorable, including her cooking.  She herself made the cookies for her 100th birthday party.

Her 100th Birthday Party

At 103, she was ready to go.  She told me the same day we took that first picture above she was ready to go.  She said, “I have  one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.”  I know she’s happy to be reunited with Uncle Earl, her siblings and friends.  But, I will miss knowing she is here.

We did celebrate her life on Wednesday.  It was a wonderful tribute to her, even if I cried through most of the celebration.

You will never be forgotten. Soon we will have scaccia in your honor!  I love you and will miss you so much.  Thank you for your joy.  Thank you for all you shared with me and with this world.  It was a better place with you in it.

14 thoughts on “Aunt Helen

  1. Emily and Family, I am so very loss for you and your family. Aunt Helen sounds like a beautiful and loving woman, and certainly led a very well lived life. She is now united with the love of her life. Rest In Peace, Aunt Helen🌷

    1. Thank you Pam. I didn’t see her often but I always knew she was there. But, she is where she wants to be now and she deserves it!

  2. Beautifully written, Emily. Aunt Helen was loved by all. Yes, she and her smile will be missed.

  3. She is missed and also remembered in many of your recipes!! You carry on her love of cooking and pleasing those she served. What a lady for all of us to have in our memories.

  4. That is a beautiful tribute to aunt Helen. She was indeed an extraordinary woman who always gave of herself and loved her family more than anything. She is now reunited with them and we can only feel good that she is where she wanted to be. After all she gave and. Gave to all of us , it was her turn . She lived a long life and will be remembered longer than most, as she touched so many. Thank you Emily , beautifully said.

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