39, died peacefully with her adoring family by her side on Dec 15. Recently she moved to Salem after living in Virginia for 10 years. Helene grew up in Everett, MA and married her high school sweetheart. She was the beloved wife of Frederick and extraordinary mother to Harley, Frederick, and Brady. Loving daughter of Joseph W. and Ann M. Nigro and special daughter-in-law to Charlotte and Donald Shepard. Cherished sister of Kelly Doherty of Everett, Joseph III and his wife Barbara of Salem, Shannon Amsler and her husband Joe of Lexington, Erin Straticos and her husband Jimmy of Everett and John and his wife Gina of Melrose. Admired sister-in-law of Roxanne Shepard, Tommy Doherty and Maria Freni. Faithful and best friend of Karen Sears and Chrissy Mojica. Idolized aunt to 14 nieces and nephews. Treasured by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Since she was a teenager, Helene helped shape the lives of children entrusted to her in her work as a babysitter and day care provider. She left an indelible heart print on so many. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shepard Family Fund, c/o PO Box 550227, North Waltham, MA 02455. Funeral Mass on Thursday at Our Lady of Grace Church Everett at 10:30am. Visiting Hours on Wednesday from 4 to 8pm at the Murphy & O'Hara Funeral Home, 519 Broadway, EVERETT. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.
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