- 89 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 31, 1925
- Place of birth:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Date of passing: Sep 12, 2015
- Place of passing:
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
|Let the memory of Helen be with us forever|
"October 31st was, last year, dubbed "Auntie Helen Memorial Day" by her great-nephew, my son, David. What a beautiful consolation for us and tribute to her. Halloween always had a special fun aspect for me because it was also Aunt Helen's birthday. I loved finding Halloween Birthday cards to send her. I can just see and hear her happy laughter at the thought of her own HJT Memorial Day, "just like Martin Luther King", dedicated to her by David. Happy HJT Memorial Day!"
"Helen was a good neighbor for many years. I still live next to her old house, and still think about her from time to time. My brother, Tom, and I made a point of visiting her a number of times while at assisted living, and often talked about spiritual things, about Jesus, about prayer. Helen was always so glad to see us and talk with us. I thank God for having known Helen, and for her friendship."
"Auntie Helen, I miss you so very much. You will always be in my heart and mind. You always were my favorite aunt. I have so many fond memories. Happy birthday."
"Your memory is a blessing. My blessing was to have grown closer to you in your last years. Your life and love give me strength. Always in our hearts, trusting you are at peace joyfully reunited with those you loved who went before you, we hold you in prayer."
"Auntie Helen, I'm so blessed that you are in my life now and forever. I miss you every day. I'm grateful to have you as an aunt and Godmother. I love you so much."
"We stili miss you Aunt Helen. Our memories of you are strong which is a testimony to your positive personality! God bless you, LOVE, Larry,Keely, Matthew, Tyler, & Aubrey."
"I've read the wonderful things that have been said from those who have know Helen in her earlier years. I had the pleasure of knowing Helen in her more recent years, here at Atria Park in Glen Ellyn Illinois. Helen was smart, funny and determined ... she knew just want she wanted and just when she wanted it. And she was so very proud that she worked for Ryerson Steel ... A WOMAN THAT DID BETTER THAN THE MEN BECAUSE SHE WAS FAIR AND TOLD THE TRUTH to her clients. I loved working with her, talking with her. She wore gold shoes which I believe her niece sent her. She looked so very classy in them and I told her so many times. I miss her being a part of our community. God's speed Ms. Helen.... until we meet again."
"Happy 90th Birthday Aunt Helen! God bless you! 10/31/15"
"Growing up in Chicago I was very lucky to have my Auntie Helen and living so near we spent a lot of time together. She was more than an aunt to me - she was also a kind and generous friend to me and my brother Bobby. I can remember when I was a little girl and would meet her walking on her way home she would search her purse looking for something to give me. She would find candy, gum or some small change. These little gifts were very much appreciated and remembered by me Good-by Auntie Helen and God bless."
"Aunt Helen had a very full life. They traveled the world, a lady executive when there weren't any. She could tell a joke better than anyone. All the Toporis' loved going to Jovial Club and dance the polka all night. She was so fashionable and so pretty. My parents thought so highly of her. She is at peace now and with Uncle Mike."
"Whenever we visited my Aunt Helen, my dad would have me knock on the front door while the rest of the family hid around the corner to prank his sister. I still remember my lines as I twitched nervously on the front porch, "Excuse me lady, I really need to pee. Can I use your bathroom?" Of course, she always knew it was me so maybe the "prank" was on me?!
We will miss you Aunt Helen. You taught us to be strong, tenacious and accountable and to put family first. Those are blessings that we will always treasure."
"My Aunt Helen was a very positive, happy person. I loved being around her. Her excitement for life was infectious. She always had a smile on her face. One of my fondest memories is when she taught me to embroider. She always had something for us to do. And, family was always her priority. I loved sitting in the kitchen with her while she cooked. I miss her very much."
"Aunt Helen was one of the most loving people in the world. She was always, ALWAYS concerned especially about how her Nieces, Nephews, Grand Nieces, and Grand Nephews were doing. She constantly asked about them in a very sincere manner. She also always communicated and cherished stories that had a humorous component to them. I can still hear her laugh! Aunt Helen was very proud of her time at Ryerson and especially that she made inroads as a female Sales Person. She worked very hard to become supremely knowledgeable so that she could service her clients properly. She always told the story of being rebuffed by a man at a large company looking to purchase steel and he didn't really know what he needed and actually refused to order from Aunt Helen. Once she explained that his choice in steel was the incorrect for his application and why, he thanked her, made the purchase, and then said that he would NEVER buy steel from anyone else! God bless you Aunt Helen and thank you for being a positive model of a wonderful human being!"
"Helen was a long time neighbor; she was a good neighbor. We often talked about her career at Ryerson Steel, where she would assist her sales clients in getting the best deal possible, where she earned the trust and appreciation of those clients. That led to a lot of success at her position.
Here is my take on her sales style: she treated her customers the way she would have liked to been treated. So she was fulfilling the golden rule, as told be Jesus in the 7th chapter of Matthew, "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." I wish more people would relate to others using the golden rule.
We will miss our visits with Helen."
"Helen was a very dedicated and longtime participant in the Women's Health Initiative for 17 years. Generations to come will benefit from Helen's selfless giving to this landmark research. The staff at the Midwest Regional Center are very sorry for your loss. We appreciate everything she did for the study and she will be missed. She really did follow her "family tradition". What an inspiration she was."
""I couldn't have had a better life" is what she told everyone and what she truly believed. She was proud of her 42-year career with Ryerson Steel. She cherished her 25-year very good marriage to Michael Toporis. She loved the opportunities she had to travel the world and do good and she always honored her privilege to enjoy freedom as a citizen of the USA where "you can be as successful as you want to be". A true egalitarian, she appreciated every person in her life, treating them in the way she liked to be treated. Her hope for her family members was that they raise their children right and be proud of them; help them get into something they can give their time to and be successful. "It's our family tradition"."
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