Helen Margaret Logan McNiff, 85, of Suffield, Connecticut, formerly of Hadley, Massachusetts, died at The Suffield House on June 11, 2014 where she had lived since 2005.
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Helen was born August 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. on April 23, 1949 at the First Congregational Church in Hadley, Massachusetts.
Helen graduated with the Class of 1945 from Hopkins Academy, Hadley, MA, at the age of sixteen. 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, DC, 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, MA 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, MA , 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, South Deerfield, MA; CW4 Ret Owen A. McNiff, III and his wife Eun Jeong, Havre de Grace, MD; and Amy S. McNiff and her husband Mark Griffin, Vernon, CT.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Owen in 2007 and their son Master Sgt. USAF Patrick C. McNiff in 2001. She was the proud grandmother of Garrett P. James, Brooklyn, NY, Griffin H. James, Brookline, MA; Courtney Manning and Shea Manning, Vernon, CT; Sean Patrick McNiff, Broadbrook, CT; Paul McNiff, his wife Hyun Jin and great grandchildren Sara and Paul, Jr. of Altamonte Springs, FL. She also leaves her daughter in law Katherine Ripley McNiff, her faithful friend Patricia Pekala McNiff, Lincoln, CA; and her devoted cousin Deneefe Logan, Tucson, AZ and her wonderful nieces and nephews. 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 Street, South Deerfield, Massachusetts.
Calling hours will be on Monday, June 16, 6-8 pm.
A service celebrating her life will be held at the First Congregational Church, Middle Street, Hadley, MA on Tuesday, June 17 at 11 AM with a reception for friends and family at the church following the service.
Burial will be at the West Suffield Cemetery in Connecticut at 2 PM.
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.
Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Published in The Recorder on June 14, 2014