Love and memories last forever...
  • 87 years old
  • Born on February 14, 1932 .
  • Passed away on October 23, 2019 .
Helen L. Riggs, nee Chando, age 87, Mantua, NJ, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side on October 23, 2019 after a long & courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born February 14, 1932 in Runnemede, New Jersey to Joseph and Johanna Chando. Helen is survived by her loving husband Robert H. Riggs, her three sons Robert (Teri), Michael (Debbie), Jeffery (Carol), her daughter, Joni Benjamin (Dave), her brother Stephen Chando and her sister, Elizabeth DeLisle. Helen was adored by 16 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Theresa and Marie, and brothers, Joseph, William and John. 

Helen was a graduate of Audubon High School, Class of 1949. She graduated from Cooper Hospital School of Nursing in 1953 and worked there for many years as a Registered Nurse. She completed her education at Glassboro State College and for 27 years, Helen worked at Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, NJ as the School Nurse, before retiring in 1996.

Helen was a devoted Christian and lived her Catholic Faith most recently as a parishioner of The Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. Helen was a dedicated wife and mother who treasured every moment with her family and friends. She had many hobbies including cooking, baking, traveling, sewing, crocheting, knitting, & ceramics.

Please join us in celebrating Helen’s life Tuesday morning October 29, 2019, at The Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Mullica Hill, NJ. Viewing will be between 9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. followed by a remembrance. Funeral Mass of the Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m.  Interment will be at the Holy Name of Jesus Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the charity for A Cure to End Alzheimer’s (

Posted by Samantha Payne on October 29, 2019
To Uncle Mike and family,
I would like to extend my deepest condolences on your loss. We have nothing but the fondest memories of going to “mom mom and pop pop Riggs” house every summer to swim. I know that she enjoyed us being there as much as we enjoyed going. Her family was her entire life, we are all grateful for those summers we spent together. We are keeping you all in our prayers. Love always, Payne Family (Donna, John, Sam, Melissa, and zack)
Posted by Lisa Hall on October 29, 2019
I am a friend of the family and I am thankful for all of the times I was fortunate to talk with Mom-Mom. She always looked gorgeous with her hair and nails done and make-up just perfect. The last memory that sticks out in my mind was when she went swimming in Mexico while we were at her granddaughters (Greta’s) wedding! We were sailing on a catamaran and we docked and everyone got out to swim. She had the biggest smile on her face the whole time...she had the time of her life! She will be greatly missed, however now she will be able to dance forever
Posted by Marge Strano on October 27, 2019
I was so fortunate to have Helen as a friend and co-worker. She was always so very kind, pleasant, and ready to share with those around her! She touched our lives in so many ways. She will missed by her loving family and many friends! 
Posted by MARGARET JACKSON on October 26, 2019
If we are lucky, we have the wonderful experience of meeting a very special person during our life. George and I were blessed when Helen Riggs entered our lives and doubly blessed when she became our friend. She had an impact on us that cannot be described in words but we felt it as long as we were friends. She will be missed by many, definitely by us. Rest in peace, dear friend. You will not be forgotten.

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