Helen Kerns

June 10, 1933 - July 14, 2016

Service Date: July 22, 2016

Family and friends may call on Friday, July 22, 2016 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. A Memorial Service will follow at 6:00 p.m. at the Alfred Parish Church, 12 Kennebunk Rd., in Alfred.

Helen Salch Kerns, 83, died Thursday June 14, 2016 at the Monarch Center in Saco with her family by her side.

Helen was born in New Rochelle, NY to Leo and Caroline Salch on June 10, 1933. She is survived by her brother, Robert Salch of Little River, SC and was preceded to the Lord by her siblings Leo, Raymond, Edward, Carol Risner and Thomas.

Helen graduated from New Rochelle High School with honors and went to work for Esso Corporation in Manhattan as a Bookkeeper and Stenographer. She met Eugene Kerns while vacationing at the Jersey Shore, marrying in 1958. Helen and Gene completed their family with 3 children who mourn her passing, son Robert Kerns of Phoenix, AZ; daughter Nancy Sobanik (Bertram) of Lyman, ME and daughter Linda Kellogg (Terry), Raleigh, NC. She was beloved Grandma Helen to Justin Cory, James Sobanik, Kate Sobanik, William Larter and Richard Larter. Helen is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews; her greatest joy was her family.

She was involved as a member of the PTA in the Fairfield, CT schools and did volunteer work for the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society. Helen was a homemaker until her children were in their teen years and then returned to the work force. Her excellent communication skills led to a successful career for over 20 years at People’s Bank in Westport, CT, starting as a teller and rising to positions of head teller and then customer service representative.  She attended Norwalk Community College taking business courses.

Helen enjoyed hobbies, including sewing and knitting, sketching, and oil painting. In later years she crafted wreaths and ornaments, many of which were donated to the Shelton, CT Senior Center holiday fairs. She loved the ocean, spending memorable vacations in Cape Cod, MA, Ocean City, MD, and Hilton Head, SC. She enjoyed camping trips in CT with her best friend and sister-in-law, Lucille Salch. In retirement, she was proud to be a weekly volunteer for many years at the Wesley Heights Nursing Home in Shelton, CT providing recreation to residents. She was a member of the church council at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bridgeport, CT and after moving to Maine joined the Alfred Parish Church, UCC.

She was afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and resided with Nancy and family for 6 years before moving to the Monarch Center for the last year of her life.

Family and friends may call on Friday, July 22, 2016 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. A Memorial Service will follow at 6:00 p.m. at the Alfred Parish Church, 12 Kennebunk Rd., in Alfred.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.


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