Helen R. Herlihy, 89, wife of the late Frederick D. Herlihy, passed away Oct 8, 2012 after a brief illness. She was born in Peabody, MA, Oct. 18, 1922, daughter of the late Generoso and Frances Tenney Trodella. Helen was proud to have been a member of the 1939 New England Girls' High School Champion basketball team. She served in the U.S. Navy as Pharmacist's Mate in San Francisco during WW II. After the war, she returned to Boston and worked at Massachusetts General Hospital. In those days she was an avid skier. She married Frederick in 1947, and soon they moved to Manchester, NH, where they lived until moving to North Haven in 1962. Shortly thereafter Helen became a Girl Scout leader, and she continued her work with Girl Scouts the rest of her life, as a leader, organizer, national delegate, and historian. Helen received many honors for her volunteer work with the Girl Scouts, but most important to her was being a part of girls' lives and the great friends she found in Scouting. Helen moved to Hamden in 1986, where she lived until 2001, when she moved to Branford. Helen is survived by her three children: daughter Elizabeth Herlihy of Branford; her son, John Herlihy and his wife Lois of SC, their son Brian Herlihy; and her son David Herlihy and his wife Annemarie Furey of VT, their son Parker Herlihy and daughter Jascha Herlihy. She was predeceased by her brother Richland Trodella. Relatives and friends may visit with her family Friday Oct. 12, from 4-8 pm at BEECHER & BENNETT 2300 WHITNEY AVE. HAMDEN. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated in St. Mary Church, Main St. Branford Saturday morning at 9:30am. Interment with Naval Military honors in State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. Contributions in her memory may made to Girl Scouts of CT - Museum or Campership Fund, 20 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT 06473- or Talmadge Park Resident Council. Talmadge Park Health Care, 38 Talmadge Avenue, East Haven, CT 06512.

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  1. Dear John and family,Our family wants to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You have been a part of our family for over 40 years and have touched our lives in many ways. We send prayers for all of you at this sad time.Love from your sister in laws and brother in laws

  2. Dear Uncle John and Aunt Lois, We were sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our sympathies go out to you and your family Love,Kim,Jeff and Lindsay

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I am glad Helen was a valuable Girl Scout volunteer for many years. She touched many girls and adults through her efforts.

  4. To Helen’s family, So sorry for your loss. She was a truly remarkable woman and I will always remember her telling stories at our Girl Scout historical meetings. She was always smiling and laughing and I will miss her.

  5. Betsy, What a beautiful tribute to your mother – she was an outstanding woman on this earth. Heaven is rejoicing to have her home. May God bless and comfort you during this time of loss. With love, Joyce

  6. Dear Betsey, I am thinking of you and I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mother. You were an amazing daughter and I know that matters and it is the care and love that you were shown and that you gave back to her that will light the way for you as you heal from the loss. My prayers are with you. Peace, Claire Criscuolo

  7. Dear Betsey, I know how much love and energy you put into your Mom’s care and how much it meant to you and her. I am thinking of you and your family and wish you peace in the coming days, as memories of her begin to comfort you. You are in my heart and prayers. Love, Roye

  8. To Helen’s family: My sincere sympathy to all of you on the passing of Helen. She was an amazing woman! I knew her through Girl Scouting and especially remember her enjoyment of our International Encampments which she helped make successful. I also enjoyed working with Helen on the Girl Scout Historical Committee. She always had stories to tell! We will all miss her.

  9. Dear David and Betsy, I am so terribly sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was an inspiring lady who had an impact on my life. I remember fondly how she would look after me before and after school and included me in your family. She will be missed. My Deepest Sympathies.

  10. So sorry Betsy, David and John. I just learned about your mom. It was my honor to know her as a special person and friend. She was so helpful in my days of great need. My love and prayers. Grace Pascarella

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