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Helen passed away peacefully on December 7, 2012, at Providence Benedictine Nursing Center in Oregon. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, at the Dungeness Cemetery in Sequim.
Helen and her twin sister, Rita, were born in Reading, Pennsylvania, to Harvey C. and Caroline Bartholomew. The family settled in Palm Beach, Florida. The girls became known as "the original Palm Beach twins." Many interesting stories were shared with the family about the lively years during the early development of Palm Beach.
In 1940, Helen was employed by Pan American Airways, giving weather reports to pilots. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she worked as a code clerk putting the weather reports into codes so the enemy would not understand them.
While working at Pan Am, she met Eugene "Gene" Angyal, a handsome meteorologist. In 1943, she and Gene married. After their son Richard was born, they moved to California to help out on Gene's family farm. Two more sons, John and Chuck, came along.
Gene and Helen later moved to Fallbrook, California, to start up their own farm. For a short time, they lived in Phoenix before moving to Lancaster, California, to begin their chicken ranch.
In time, Gene returned to California Polytechnic College in San Luis Obispo to become a high school teacher. Later, he completed his master's degree at the University of Oregon.
With every move, Helen found work in a department of the colleges. She thoroughly enjoyed her secretarial positions and made many lasting friends along the way. Her delightfully sunny personality was enjoyed by all those who worked with her.
Helen remained very active in golf throughout her life. Golf was indeed her passion. She proudly reminded us frequently that her golfing record sported two holes-in-one.
Helen was best known for her positive attitude and willingness to befriend everyone. Helen and Gene were married 50 years when he passed away. She continued living at Dominion Terrace and loved her 27 years spent there.
Helen frequently said those years were the happiest of her life, with golfing, traveling abroad and socializing with her many friends. Her mantra was, "I enjoy life and live each and every day to the fullest." We will all miss her cheerful outlook on life.
She is survived by her nephew, Al Duhaime of San Mateo, California, and niece, Pat Day of Gainesville, Florida; her sons, Richard of Turner, Oregon, and Charles of San Diego, California.
Her son John preceded her in death in 1987.
Helen had eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Turner Retirement Homes and Providence Benedictine Nursing Center for their loving care of Helen. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a
Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem, Oregon.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Dec. 10, 2012