I was a 2nd grade student of Mrs. Beck back in 1994. I'm 25 now, have moved all over the place & still count Mrs. Beck as my favorite teacher. She inspired me to be my best- teaching was definitely her calling & I just felt compelled to leave a little note to the family she left behind. Thank you for sharing Mrs. Beck with all of us students- almost 20 years later, I am still inspired by how caring and loving she was!
I knew when I woke up yesterday there just wasn't something right. Then it clicked....
Dear Mr. Beck, Brian and Eric,
I am shocked and saddened to hear of Helen's passing. I student taught with Helen at LPC many years ago. From my first day, she inspired me and showed me how to teach with all of my heart. She was a tremendous mentor and helped shape me into the teacher I am today.
I hope Helen is able to get a dance with Patrick Swayze. I'm sure she will freshen up her lipstick first, though.
My heart breaks for all of you. I hope Helen's smile, laugh and giving spirit surround you and give you strength and comfort. My prayers are with all of you!
What a true gift it was to have known Helen Beck. I taught 2nd Grade across the hall from Helen when we first moved to LPC, and I couldn't have asked for a better neighbor. Helen brightened my days and became a wonderful friend. Helen knew how to be that exceptional teacher; she was created that way, and how lucky were the lives and minds she touched. I so admired her creative spin on making learning a memorable experience, and the love that poured out so abundantly for each student. She was an inspiration for me and was "that awesome teacher I had", for so many children. It was during this time that I married and was later expecting my first child. Helen shared my joy and made that time of my life very special, with her belly rubs and "this will be the most GORGEOUS baby ever!" I was so sad to hear of her passing. I pulled out the many pictures of our time together at LPC and was again surrounded by her love and warmth. I feel very blessed to have known her.
To Helen's Family,
As you know, Helen was an amazing woman who brought joy to all she touched. I was with her on Alcott a couple of times, and she always brought a smile to my face with her interactive singing and enthusiastic love of the Red Sox. She was so kind, she once even claimed she would "adopt me". She was always taking care of others and nurturing them with her abundance of love.
I was back in Alcott when she passed. It broke my heart. But, since then and since my release I eat, and I eat without behaviors because I think Helen would have wanted it that way.
Thank you and I am so sorry for your loss.
To Helen's Boys,
Helen was such a lot of fun and knew very well how to be a friend and a teacher. Whenever I hear her name I think of her kind spirit, her smile, and her love for most everyone whose life touched hers.
I knew Helen as an encourager. My two boys are just a bit older than you two, Erin and Brian, so we, along with being teachers, had much in common.
Al, I saw you helping her many times in her room--it was probably the only way you'd get to see her very much on that day! She loved you dearly and didn't think twice about leaving all of us at LPC when your job took you south.
Helen is now whole and healthy. That said, I know that you all miss her so much. All three of you are in my prayers especially right now as you adjust to her missing presence.
Helen was our sister-in-law and aunt. Some of our fondest memories with Helen are Christmas Eve dinners at Oma's (my mom's) and barbecues with Helen and her family in Lancaster, Pa. We love you, Helen. Our love goes out also to Al, Brian, and Eric. Peter, Linda, and Carly Beck (Robesonia, Pa.)
Helen was our sister-in-law and aunt. Some of our fondest memories with Helen are Christmas Eve dinners at Oma's (my mom's) and barbecues with Helen and her family in Lancaster, Pa. We love you, Helen. Our love goes out also to Al, Brian, and Eric. Peter, Linda, and Carly Beck (Robesonia, Pa)
To Helens family,
My thoughts are with you. Helen was a beautiful woman and loving mother. I met Helen at Alcott as well. She touched many hearts with her kindness and spoke of her family with love in her eyes.May you all find peace in knowing she fought hard and loved you all dearly. I am so sorry.
Al, I met you at the Alcott Unit with Helen. She was my roommate. She was such a great human being. She was an angel to me and she still is.
From her friend who really cared.
To Helen's Family -
I was privileged to have met Helen a little over a year ago when she was a patient at Walden. When I was introduced to her, she immediately gave me a hug, and I could feel her warmth and compassion. Even though Helen was battling her own illness and trying desperately to regain her health, she always had time for others whether it be with words of encouragement, hugs, or her warm greeting - Hi Sweetie. I was priviledged to have spent time talking to and knitting with this incredible and delightful woman while visiting with my loved one at Walden. May the love of your family and friends bring you comfort at this most difficult time and may the fond memories of your loved one, Helen, bring you peace.
Dear Al, Eric, and Brian,
I met Helen at Walden a little over a year ago at Walden. We were all her little angels. She had a spirit like no other. Her passion for her family, children, and the Red Sox were evident to all. I watched Helen fight hard, and now she is at peace. May she be one of Gods little angels.
Mrs. Beck was my reading tutor at Centerville Elementary School. I loved to read, yet had a learning disability but I never truly realized that was the case until many years later. Mrs. Beck never stigmatized her students, rather she was always available, loving, embracing, accepting. She made myself, like most of her students, feel that we could actually make our dreams come true, be somebody some day. Her passion to teach her students to make us better as people not just academically was present every day. Throughout the years, I would see her out and about in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and she always recognized me and I was delighted to see her too. Honestly, I have to say that she made me a better person and a reader too. Her presence, her love will be ever present in all of the hearts of those lives she touched. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Denyse M. Keaveney, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a vibrant person! Helen was the spark that ignited our fourth grade activities when she taught short term with me at Landisville. She absolutely loved those kids and had the most wonderful sense of humor! Sam and I extend our deepest condolences to Al and boys...we cherish our wonderful memories from those years in the '90's. With sympathy and friendship,
I met Helen on Alcott, we were there together twice. She was an amazing and loving person. She made difficult times easier, not just for me but for everyone. I will always remember her laugh, smile and hugs. She spoke of her family often and was so greatful for their support. Helen was loved by so many and touched so many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Al- my wife and I extend our deepest sympathies at your loss. While we did not have the pleasure of knowing her, the comments in the guest book shows us she was a blessing to all she came in contact with.
John & Lana Grodoski
Helen was a wonderful friend to have, i met her on Alcott, we were together a couple of times there and she was just a sweet heart. She always was a wonderful friend to have we were her angels as she called us. my thoughts and prayers are with everyone who knew helen, especially her family. I loved her dearly.
Helen was an angel walking on earth. She used to make me smile every time I saw her and I am so terribly sad that she is gone. She put everyone before herself and I only wish she could've taken that care with herself. My thoughts go out to her family and loved ones. She helped me when I was down and I will miss her dearly. Rest In Peace Helen. I'll always remember you.
I was with Helen twice on Alcott. She always left me with a smile. I remember her standing up and acting/ singing a shel silverman poem and she got the entire community involved in reciting it and doing the arm movements. She was beautiful, I wish she could have seen herself as we did. She always made me feel loved, during the scariest times for me, she helped to put me at ease. My Heart goes out to you all.
To The Beck Family,
I met Helen when my daughter was with her in Cambridge. She became a mother and friend to all the girls there and especially to my daughter Brittany who loved her dearly. I became friends with Helen as well and I'm sorry to say we lost touch recently. She was a loving, funny, warm, and truely caring person. She was so easy to talk to and she made everyone feel special in her company. She was a real people person. Al, she truely loved you and the boys and talked of her family often. Al you were a devoted loving husband and Helen was so grateful for all your loving care. Words can not express how very sad I am to hear of Helen's passing. She touched my life and so many others. I am so sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed.
dear Al Brian and Eric.Your mom was a gem.She brightened so many of our lives.She ll never be forgotten.love Dave Spala,Orlando Florida
Dear Friends and Family of Mrs. Beck,
Hello, my name is Jacquelynne Hess and Mrs. Beck was my 2nd grade teacher. I still remember many things that happened in her class- handing out tootsie rolls and jolly ranchers on Friday's for good behavior, our class pets, Anansi the tarantula and Nosey our guinea pig. I remember her guest speakers who came in dressed up to read stories to us and many other creative things that year. I remember crying on the last day... right alongside Mrs. Beck... because I didn't want to go to third grade. She had such a passion for teaching.
Most of all, I remember the teacher, Mrs. Beck. The impact that she made on my life is just incredible. Because of her, I decided in 2nd grade to become a teacher... and today, I am 23 and graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Elementary Education. I have written speeches about my second grade teacher on many occasion in explanation of my career in education and what gives me my drive and passion for what I do.
I am crushed to hear that Mrs. Beck has passed, and I will truly miss her. My deepest sympathies and warmest regards to you.
Mr. Beck, Brian, and Eric-
My heart hurts for all of you as you go through this difficult time. Your mom/wife made a lasting impression on me and many others. She was truly one of the most caring and loving people I have ever met. I hope that time will heal your hearts. I love you all.
I was so sad to hear of Helen's passing. Helen and I shared a room at Alcott. She took me under her wing and said things will be ok. We talked about everything. She was such a red sox fan. My thoughts and prayers go out to Helen's family.
Rest in peace Helen,
you were an amazing woman, fighter & friend.
My warmest regards to Helen's family.
Dear the family of Helen,
I am very saddened to hear of her passing. She was always filled with warmth and love for everyone around her. I met her at Walden and she instantly warmed my heart. Filled with laughter and never too serious. She was a terrific person. This is terrible to hear. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
helen was such a wonderful loving and caring person. she showed me such kindness and support and i will always consider her to be a friend of mine. i wish so badly she could have recognized this greatness within herself, and her memory will live on. her family will be in all of my prayers.
Dear Al, Brian and Eric,
I cannot tell you how sad my heart is knowing Helen has passed. She was an incredible woman with a warm and loving heart. I will never forget the wonderful years we spent together in Warren, Ohio. We shared so much as friends, laughter and tears. So many warm memories that I will always remember. Helen will always hold a very special place in my heart. I love and miss you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers always.
To Helen's Family/Al: Our prayers are with you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. Your friends at Aramark!
To Helen's Family,
We all were truly sorry to hear of Helen's passing. We have known Helen from our first days at the Landisville Pool and then Carlie had the privilege of having Helen as her 2nd grade teacher. What an incredible year it was in every sense. We got to know Helen better that year, first as a teacher, then followed by a strong and caring friendship not only with Carlie but with our entire family.
Helen's incredible caring and loving personality just drew everyone who had the fortune to know her in. She had the "spark" that made each person she was with feel so very special and so loved. She was someone you just wanted to be around. Everyone felt that way about her!
When we lost our oldest daughter, Danielle, two years after Carlie was in her class, Helen was one of the first ones by Carlie's side. She continued to support and care for her and us as well. Helen watched Carlie from afar...and sure enough when Carlie would have a tough day at school " Mrs. Beck" would have a note or small gift for her "Carlie Girl" to make her day a litter brighter. Caring was her gift to all!
Al, Brian and Eric... Helen talked about all of you and her love for you was as wide as the oceans. I hope the stories that so many are sharing with you now will help you to smile a bit and give you some peace. With Helen's passing we all feel a sense of loss and sadness. We will hold all of you in our prayers.
~The Wetzel Family~
~Joe, Deb and Carlie~
Our son Adam is a friend of Eric's, and that is how my husband and I met his parents. Even though we were together just a few times, it became very apparent that Helen was a lady filled with love and dedication to her family and her students. We are sad to hear of her passing, and offer her husband and sons our deepest sympathy. Roberta & Kevin Kornfield
Our deepest condolences go out to you during this time of grief and sadness.
From the kind words and remberences of many friends and loved ones, it is clear that Helen touched countless people and lives in a profoundly personal way.
You remain in our thoughts and prayers.
I was a student of hers 16 years ago... She touched my life. I was having a hard time as a child - a divorce, a move, no friends, a shy and awkward personality - and she showed me a love and kindness that until then I'd only received from my mother. She was a wonderful human being.
Al and family,
I met helen my second time at walden. When I walked in sad and scared, she welcomed me into her arms and told me all would be okay. Helen and I spend a few times in the hospital together and not matter how hard things got she always had her wonderful smile and her inspiring spirit. She was such a wonderful lady that made many long nights seem like a girls get together. I truly saddens me to hear that she is no longer with us. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Helen will be deeply missed.
we were neighbors when Becks lived in Lancaster, Pa. Eric and my son Josh were in the same class at Hempfield High School. they were in the same soccer team and did many things together. Helen is a good friend. we shared many thoughts together. Al, Eric and Brain you are in my thoughts and prayer. love Mrs Soong
Helen & I were bridesmaids in Suzy's wedding. Helen knew I was from out of town & dealing with a disability. Helen stayed by me the entire day, making me feel loved & offering her supportive arm before I asked. Just like her entire family, Helen had a warm, unselfish heart. Helen's presence that day was unforgettable.
My sincere condolescences to her family,
Love, Susan Karcher
Al, Brian and Eric,
Charmanne and I were so sorry to hear of this and extend our deepest sympathies on your loss. Helen was one of the nicest, sweetest persons we have ever known. Joe and Mike spent so much time at your house I think they thought of her as a second mother -- and she treated them like sons. I am sure she conveyed the same feeling to all of her students. She will be missed.
Many years ago, I remember all of us Landisville students hoping, wishing, and crossing our little fingers to have Mrs. Beck as a second grade teacher. I was one of the fortunate few, and will never forget her. She was a wonderful woman, full of life, laughter, and always good for a hug. My thoughts go out to Al, Brian and Eric.
I'm sure she is now up in heaven, teaching all of the little angels.
Al, Brian, and Eric,
I was so sorry to hear about Helen. From the time Alicia was fortunate enough to have her as a second grade teacher, she became a very dear friend. I will never forget how good she was to both of us for many years. Even though I had lost touch with her, I thought about her often. God bless you, Helen - you will be missed!
Pattie & Alicia Rutkowski
To Helen's parents, husband Al, and sons Brian & Eric,
In the brief time I knew Helen, I came to know her as a kind, caring and thoughtful individual, who left an indelible impression on all who were fortunate enough to know her personally.
It is with profound sadness that I offer you my deepest sympathy during this difficult time.
Brian & Eric. Your mom is with you always. Keep her memory forever in your hearts.
"Our precious Pup" as our family and friends affectionately referred to Helen has been a loved one since the 1970's. We cherish each moment with Helen and hold memories of such wonderful times together. The unconditional love of Al carried our girl through the years and she was so blessed to have him. Our hearts are with Al, Brian, Eric and the Glazebrook family,
Lucy and Sally
Mrs. Beck was my cooperating teacher when I student taught at LPC. She became a friend. Though I lost contact with her, I have always treasured my time with her and the friendship we shared. I learned so much from her about not just teaching but about life. I think of her so often because she taught me that it was ok to show my love for my students. She had a smile and an encouraging word for everyone. I learned to believe in myself in that second grade classroom. I will continue to think of her everyday and strive to make a difference in the lives of my students the way she made a difference in the lives of hers, and in mine.
I will keep Mrs. Beck's family in my thoughts and prayers.
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. Reading the guest book shows what a special women she was. My families thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
To the Beck Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. She was such a wonderful teacher and person. My son Conor had her in the 2nd Grade and he simply just loved her. It was a difficult year for my family as I had lost my Mom. She was so kind and caring and helped Conor (& myself) thru a very tough time. I will always remember that. May she rest in peace, and may God comfort you all during this sad time.
The Daniels Family
Dear Beck Family,
Please accept my sincere sympathy on Helen's death and know that you have my best wishes during this difficult transition. Although as superintendent I did not work with Helen directly, I got to know and respect her during her tenure at Hempfield (LPC). Helen always had a bright smile, positive professinal attitude, and welcomed me with "Hey, Sweetie." (Yes, I know that was not reserved just for me). She brightened everyone's day, but none more than the students who were fortunate to have her as a teacher. We became close during Helen's last year at Hempfield and it was then that I came to appreciate her deep commitment and nurturing love of teaching, learning, and children. LPC was indeed a better place because of Helen Beck's many contributions. She will be remembered by many as an exemplary educator and even better person!!
Al, Brian & Eric,
We were sad when you moved & now we are heartbroken to hear of Helen's passing. What a wonderful person she was. She would always have a smile & a hug for us whenever we saw her. May God comfort you at this very sad time.
Al, Brian & Eric,
We were sad when you moved & now we are heartbroken to hear of Helen's passing. What a wonderful person she was. She would always have a smile & a hug for us whenever we saw her. May God comfort you at this very sad time.
With deepest regret and sadness I heard your beloved wife, Helen L. Beck, passed away. My pray and my sadness are with you at your most difficult time. I wish you and your family be strong, gone through all these and move on.
Mrs Beck was a wonderful teacher, she taught my daughter, Wendy when she was in 2nd grade. Mrs Beck was one of the most thoughtful, caring teachers that my daughter had.
So sorry to hear of Helen's passing Marcia and I cared greatly for her and we send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
I am really sorry for your loss. My condolences go out to you and yours.
Helen was my aunt. I love her with all my heart and care about her more than anyone has really known. She had such a great loving personality and really knew how to touch people's, and childrens' hearts. I remember when I was little and she was always there for me and made me laugh. I love you Helen..
Helen was an encourager to everyone she touched. Your life was better for knowing her. She brought out the best in each of her students and that attitude permeated her classroom. There was a deep amount of love and compassion in her classroom and it was contagious to the parents as well. I can remember her personal compliments and encouragements to me. My son, Ben, was blessed to have Helen in 3rd grade at Landisville Elem. He loved her dearly. She went beyond the academic and straight to the heart. She was concerned with one thing, making a difference, with which she succeeded every single day. She will be missed in so many ways. Thinking of you, Alfons and your family. My prayers will be with you as you carry Helen with you in your heart.
Like so many others, I will always remember Helen's warmth, smile and unconditionally loving heart. May God bless you and your family in this time of transition.
-In Sympathy, Linda
I had the priviledge to teach with Helen at LPC. She had such a huge impact on me as well as all who knew her. Her bubbly personality and amazingly kind spirit were what made her so special. Find peace that heaven has another angel. Helen will be missed by many. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
I was so sorry to hear of Helen's death. I substituted for her at LPC & I can attest to the wonderful, loving way she taught children. She was a gifted teacher who looked for the best in each child. She also taught my grandson, Ben, who loved her dearly. I will always remember her. I extend my deepest sympathy to her family. LaVon Harnish (Landisville, PA)
Helen was such a bright spot at our Lancaster fitness center. She could talk a mile a minute at 6am and have us all laughing while hating the treadmill. Helen had a wonderful heart and a very loving soul. She loved her family and all of her children in school. What a sad loss.What a wonderful woman. Gretchen Goodman
Al - Just want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Lisa Malagon TRI-Chicago
It is an honor for me to have known Helen. We were at the fitness club at 5:15 am on a daily basis and solved the world's problems while walking on our treadmills.She was such a kind, caring and enthusiastic person who was loved by everyone. I am so fortunate to have spoken with her last Wednesday and to share many laughs for the last time.Rest in peace my dear friend. You will be missed and loved forever.
Helen always made you feel better and uplifted your spirits. You could hear her laugh down the hall, or around the corner. She had a beautiful smile. I will always remember when she would see me she always said, "Hi, honey!" or "Hi, sweetie!" Helen will be greatly missed. Brad Miller (LPC) Lancaster, PA
To Helen's family - What happy memories we have of Helen's laughter and smile! She could bring such warmth to the room. Her Landisville "family" grieves her loss, while honoring the impact she had on so many lives. While we are sad, heaven is surely so much brighter. Lois Reed
Oh, Helen! All who knew her, loved her. Throught her great sense of humor to warm, caring personality, she touched lives. I taught second grade with her for several years and she always brightened my day. Helen had a gift to connect with her students and made each one feel special. Hugs were an everyday treat for them. What a loss to her family, friends, and anyone who knew her!
Helen was my 4th grade teacher--but so much more than that. She taught me what real beauty is. I will never forget her hugs, her laugh, or that unmistakable voice. She touched so many lives and gave of herself so readily. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Please accept my heartfelt condolances. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord grant you peace and let His love comfort you in this time of grief.
Many years ago, when Helen was at LPC, I volunteered in her classroom. You could tell the students loved her and the process of learning. She is one of the reasons I became a teacher myself. She will be missed by many.
To Helen's family - Helen was my friend while she worked in the Landisville schools. She was always there with a smile and a hug. She loved her students and empathized with them when things were tough and rejoiced with them on their successes. Helen was instrumental in integrating my speech-language impaired and autistic students into her class. In Mrs. Beck's classes everyone participated. They were the better for having had her as a teacher. We helped each other through the trials of being the parent of a teenaged son. I know she had her own struggles but they were always on the back burner when she was at school. She carried herself with great dignity and I will always admire her as a friend and a teacher. I know she will be sorely missed in your family. I hope that many happy memories will soon replace the grief that you now have in your hearts. Sincerely, Janet Majer, Speech-Language Therapist at LPC/LIC 1992 till present
Al-We give our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We wish you peace and best wishes. Your friends Mike Mayo and Ed Diamond
Helen was an absolutely amazing woman! She had a tremendous impact on my life as well as the lives of many others. I honestly cannot find the words to describe the sense of loss I feel. She will be greatly missed.