SUFFIELD, Connecticut - Helen Margaret Logan McNiff, 85, of Suffield, formerly of Hadley, Massachusetts, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the Suffield House, where she had lived since 2005.
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Helen was born Aug. 12, 1928, in Springfield, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late A. Louise Pomeroy and Joseph A. Logan, Sr. She was married to her beloved husband Owen A. McNiff, Jr., April 23, 1949, at the First Congregational Church in Hadley, Massachusetts.
Helen graduated with the class of 1945 from Hopkins Academy, Hadley, Massachusetts, at the age of 16. She attended the University of Massachusetts and graduated from Bay Path College with honors in 1948.
She began her career as a medical secretary at the Tucson Medical Center in Arizona. Stricken with polio in 1953 while on vacation in Washington, D.C., Helen waged a brave, lifelong, uncomplaining battle with the residual physical limitations. She returned to work in later years as a legal secretary for Attorney Peter James in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and then as a medical secretary at Andersen/CDI in Connecticut, prior to retiring in 1993.
She loved traveling with her husband, fishing from her canoe at their cottage in Hinsdale, Massachusetts, the beaches of Florida, watching space shuttle launches and Disney World.
She will be remembered by all for her beautiful voice, love of music, her cooking, keen sense of humor, her gorgeous blue eyes and infinite resilience.
Helen leaves her children Katherine (Kitty) McNiff James and her husband Peter of South Deerfield, Massachusetts, CW4 Ret. Owen A. McNiff, III, and his wife Eun Jeong og Havre de Grace, Maryland, and Amy S. McNiff and her husband Mark Griffin of Vernon. She was the proud grandmother of Garrett P. James of Brooklyn, New York, Griffin H. James of Brookline, Massachusetts, Courtney Manning and Shea Manning of Vernon, Sean Patrick McNiff of Broadbrook, Paul McNiff and his wife Hyun Jin and great-grandchildren Sara and Paul, Jr., of Altamonte Springs, Florida. She also leaves her daughter-in-law Katherine Ripley McNiff; her faithful friend Patricia Pekala McNiff of Lincoln, California; her devoted cousin Deneefe Logan of Tucson, Arizona; and her wonderful nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Owen in 2007 and their son Master Sgt. USAF Patrick C. McNiff in 2001. Her brothers Joseph A. Logan, Jr., and Frederick P. Logan preceded her in death.
Funeral services for Helen have been entrusted to Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, Massachusetts. Calling hours will be Monday, June 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. A service celebrating her life will be held Tuesday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, Middle Street, Hadley, MA, with a reception for friends and family at the church following the service. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at the West Suffield Cemetery in Connecticut.
Memorial contributions may be made in Helen's memory to The Suffield House Recreation, One Canal Road, Suffield, CT 06078.
Expressions of Sympathy are available at www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com.
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Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street South Deerfield, MA 01373
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 14, 2014