Obituary: Grace Hanna Helm

Grace Hanna Helm passed away peacefully the morning of Dec. 7, 2016 at the Elim Park Baptist Home in Cheshire, where she had lived for the past six years.

Grace was born in Stratford on May 11, 1924 to Carl Edward and Hanna Nikolina Helm.

Grace attended Harding High School in Bridgeport graduating in 1942. She studied accounting, typing and journalism; and often remarked she had learned three important vocations. She worked on the school newspaper, The Harding Spectator, which fostered her love for journalism. She subsequently worked as an editor and writer for the both the Milford Citizen and the Connecticut Post.

She was an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, interviewing United State senators and writing editorials as an advocate for peace. Grace was an active and passionate member of Alcoholics Anonymous for more than 50 years and, in that capacity, she helped many fellow alcoholics find and maintain a happy sobriety.

Grace moved to Pelham Street in Milford in 1968, where she lived across from Long Island Sound. She was an avid swimmer and spent many hours churning the waters of L.I. Sound, or in the winter months at McCann Natatorium. She was still swimming at the Elim Park Baptist Home until very recently.

She was smart, opinionated and with an endless search for the sarcasm and humor in life.

She was predeceased by her three cats, Billy, Bob, and Lois and was positive she would see them on the other side of “Rainbow Bridge” where they would spend eternity purring once again in her lap.

Donations on her behalf should be directed to Elim Park Baptist Home.