December 15, 1919 — November 11, 2018
FORT EDWARD — Helen Sullivan, age 98, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at Fort Hudson Nursing Home, Fort Edward.
She was born Dec. 15, 1919 in Nelsonville. She was the daughter of Jack and Katherine (Mekeel) DeCheck.
Helen attended High School in Poughkeepsie and had a long and varied career working in restaurants in Florida and New York. Whether it was as a waitress (at the Glens Falls Country Club, Alfonso’s, The Queensbury Hotel, Fort Lauderdale/Miami’s finest restaurants), or serving snacks and drinks to anyone who stopped by, Helen was a gracious and elegant lady who loved people and always wanted to make sure everyone was fed, happy and felt welcome.
She also worked with her husband, Joe Sullivan, running Sullivan’s Pavilion on Glen Lake and in her later years worked for Office for the Aging, first as a cook in their Glens Falls Meal site and later as a receptionist at Warren County Municipal Center, retiring at 84 years old.
Always dressed to the nines, Helen could wear a scarf, pin or hat better than anyone. Her love of fashion, cooking, reading, drawing/painting and poetry was far surpassed, though, by the love she had for her family. She loved and cherished all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren beyond measure.
She and her daughter Sally, “My Pal Sal” as she called her, were a team and when Helen became a widow at a young age, with a young daughter, she worked hard to provide for her and spent the rest of her life adoring her. They shared many beautiful moments, some filled with tears and many more filled with laughter (Helen was always ready for a laugh and loved a joke…some clean and some not). When she later married Joe Sullivan, she became the step-mother to ten step-children and the love she gave/received (and her family) grew.
Helen was also a life member of the Queensbury Senior Citizen Center and a member of Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus.
Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her first husband, Joseph A. Severino in 1958 and her second husband, Joseph F. Sullivan in 1987; three brothers, Orin, Paul and Robert DeCheck; son-in-law, Marshall C. Gordon; sister-in-law, Betty DeCheck and daughter-in-law, Janet Sullivan.
Survivors include her daughter, Sally Gordon of Queensbury; grandson, Joseph Gross (Lisa DiPietro) of Queensbury; granddaughter, Dawn LeGere (Carl); step-sons, Michael Sullivan, Richard Sullivan (Claire), Patrick Sullivan (Marilyn), Ed Sullivan, Tom Sullivan, David Sullivan, Dan Sullivan (Bonnie) and Mark Sullivan; step- daughters, Ellen Barlow (Joe), Gail Sullivan; grandchildren, Beth Dilello (Tony), Anne Marie Soltis (Dave), Kristine Nailor (Marc), Sean Sullivan (Kelu), Michael Sullivan, Mike O’Donnell, Scott O’Donnell (Stacia) and Maureen O’Donnell; great-grandchildren, Kevin Gross, Kyle Gross, Spencer LeGere, Katie LeGere, Ryann Soltis, Jillian Nailor, Brooke Nailor, Drew Nailor, Emily Sullivan, Sullivan O’Donnell and sister-in-law, Margaret DeCheck; as well as many nieces, nephews and of course The Gordon Gang.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church, Aviation Road, Queensbury. Burial will follow at Pine View Cemetery, Queensbury.
Calling hours are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, 407 Bay Road, Queensbury.
The family wants to thank the staff of Fort Hudson, and in particular the staff of unit G, for their loving care.
For those who wish to send a remembrance in her name, donations can be made to either The Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Albany, NY 12205 or to Fort Hudson Foundation (Building Fund), 319 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sbfuneralhome.com.