Helga R. Tinnin
1928-2013 BENNINGTON Helga R. Tinnin, 85, a resident of Chester Knoll Drive, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington with her loving family by her side. She was born in Stuttgart, Germany on July 5, 1928. She was the daughter of the late Otto and Maria (Sweikart) Sommer. Helga received her education in Germany. She moved to the United States in 1958 and became a naturalized citizen. She lived in New York City until moving to Connecticut in 1967, residing first in Redding and then in Easton. She was married to David B. Tinnin, who predeceased her in 1991. She later married Henry Bornemann, who predeceased her in 2003. From the early 1970's until the late 1980's, Helga worked as an LPN on the orthopedic wing at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. After her retirement, she was active with the Easton Senior Citizens group and was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Monroe, Conn. Helga moved to Bennington in 2006 to be closer to her family. For the past five years, she was cared for in her home by Bayada Nurses and Bayada Hospice as well as private nurses aides and Dr. Allison Niemi. The family is very appreciative for the devoted care that they all gave her. Helga will be greatly missed. Helga had a lifelong love for animals and was very fond of her cat "Sissy," whom she adopted from the Second Chance Animal Center. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing and knitting, and reading. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Claudia and Steven Dalton of Bennington; her grandchildren, Rebecca Dalton of Bennington and Matthew Dalton of Burlington; and three nephews in Germany. She was predeceased by her son, Mark S. Tinnin, who passed away in 1999; her brother Karl-Heinz Sommer; and her sister and brother-in-law, Annemaria and Kurt Sperling. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held at the Old First Church in Old Bennington on Saturday, November, 9, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Kenneth A. Clarke officiating. A reception will follow at the Old First Church Barn on 1 Monument Circle. There will be no calling hours, and burial will be private. If friends desire, contributions in memory of Helga R. Tinnin may be made to either the Second Chance Animal Center or the Bennington Rescue Squad through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201. Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 23, 2013