Lillian Gertrude Helmer, 84, of Samaritan Summit Village, Watertown, NY passed away Tuesday, July 11.
Born December 29, 1932 in the town of Orleans, she was one of five children of Inez Sherman and Allen Harvey Streeter. She was educated in local schools.
She married John H. Helmer of Plessis on June 9, 1950 at the Reformed Church of the Thousand Islands, Alexandria Bay, NY with Rev. William F. Hunter officiating.
Mrs. Helmer was employed with various resorts in the Thousand Islands region and retired in 1979 due to ill health.
She enjoyed bowling, ceramics and going on day trips, especially Canada.
While living at Samaritan Summit Village she reconnected with a long lost school friend of Thousand Islands School, Addie Mae Dine, after sixty years.
The couple lived nearly fifty years in Plessis raising five boys, John, Jr., Plessis, Tom, Evans Mills, Karl (Linda), Watertown, Joe (Christine M), Evans Mills and Tim, Plessis. Other survivors include several grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Her husband, John (April 2000), three sisters, Gladys, Ethel and Mae, a brother, Allen, Jr., a granddaughter (2011) and a great granddaughter (in infancy) died before her.
A graveside service at Brookside Cemetery, Plessis will be 10:30 am Saturday September 9, 2017 with Pastor Fredrica Webb officiating.
Arrangements are with Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa.
In lieu of flowers donations are requested for the Summit Samaritan Village Activities Department, 3rd Floor, c/o Sandi Baril, 22691 Campus Drive, Watertown, NY 13601.
The family wishes to thank all the staff of the third floor of the “Village” for the care they gave Mrs. Helmer while she was there.