Helen E. Dupuis Wallingford - Helen E. (Knaggs) Dupuis, 85, wife for 58 years to the late Arthur J. Dupuis, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Masonic Healthcare Center in Wallingford. She was born Oct 30, 1923, in West Haven, a daughter of the late Richard and Elizabeth (Black) Knaggs. Helen was a graduate of the Meriden Hospital School of Nursing. She served in the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II. Always dedicated to her career as a registered nurse, she advanced to the position of Director of Nurses at World War II Veterans Memorial Hospital, Meriden. She was an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church and the Order of the Amaranth, Past Royal Matron. Helen is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Sharon Lee Augustyniak and Beth Ann and George Crawford, both of Meriden; a son, Richard K. Dupuis of Meriden and one sister, Moira Tomlinson of East Haven. She is predeceased by a daughter-in-law Susan J. Dupuis. She also leaves seven grand-children, Lee Ann Barre, Michael Barre, Tracy and her husband, Bill Harper, Wayne and his wife, Kimberly Crawford, Chuck and his wife, Jessica Crawford, Stephanie Dupuis and Sarah Dupuis; 12 great-grand-children and 4 great-great-grandchildren; many beloved brother and sister-in-laws; nieces and nephews; and many special friends at Masonic Healthcare Center. A funeral will be held on Monday, June 29, at 9 a.m. from the Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden and at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 164 Hanover St., Meriden. The Rev. Perry L. Beaver will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, June 28 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. An Amaranth service will be held at 7:30 p.m. The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated healthcare team and support staff at the Masonic Healthcare Center.

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  1. Beth,George and family, Sorry to hear of your loss. Please except my sincere condolences. Carol Richard

  2. Dear Friends, My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Since my early childhood (kindergarden) my friendship with Rick brought Helen into my life. Looking back, she was very much a second .Mother. to me. She showed me love, made me part of her family, introduced me to Kippered Snacks and showed me a model of healthy family relationships. We had a lot of fun in her home. She gave me a best friend, too, Rick. She and Art called me Tommy or Tapper. May your fond memories comfort you now and always! -Tom

  3. I’m sorry for the loss of Nana…She was so kind and always would say .Stop crying. and follow up with a hug. 🙂 I’ll miss you!

  4. Rick, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My condolences to your family, you are in my prayers. Fay

  5. We are very sorry for your loss. We are sure that Helen is up in heaven with Art and Sue watching over everyone. You are always in our hearts.

  6. I only knew your loved one about two years, here at the Wright Residence…but I loved her enthusiasm for the things she loved!! Her family, friends and Bingo!! She also tried the Wii bowling not to long ago and really seemed to enjoy that. We will miss her quick wit…she will be missed. Renee Olson resident of the Wright community

  7. I was saddened to read of Helen’s death. We worked together on the evening shifts at the hospitals in Meriden, and continued to get together for lunch with a few other .old nurses.. Helen always had us laughing. We will miss her. Love Terrie

  8. We send our love and thoughts and deep regrets in the passing of Helen Dupuis not only to Beth Ann and Rick but the entire family of grandchildren and their families as well

  9. Rick, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

  10. Rick, I enjoyed reading your Mother’s obituary and she lived quite a rich life and had a very positve impact on our country and your family. I am sorry for your loss and my condolences to you and family. John Struck

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