Helene Szarsec Carlsson
1921 - 2014
Helene passed away on February 1, 2014 at Mills Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, California. She was born in Riga, Latvia and lived for over forty years in the USA, building a career as a financial advisor. Her husband, Swedish native Bengt Carlsson, received a degree in chemistry from the University of Stockholm and was a nuclear chemist. He predeceased Helene by twelve years.
Helene was an extremely cultivated woman with a passion for the arts. In her early years she trained as a singer and as a dancer. She was a gifted photographer and was a close friend of famed photographer Ruth Bernard. During her long career as a financial advisor, she helped many clients attain their retirment goals. She was extremely knoweldgeable in the field of finance, mutual funds and the stock market. Helene was also an avid concert-goer. Her favorite performers were Russian violinist David Oistrakh and German tenor Fritz Wunderlich. In later years she attended many concerts in the company of her close friends Connie and Wilhelm Schafer and William Corbett-Jones.
She was loved by her friends and clients and will be greatly missed. Her ashes will be transported to Latvia and a funeral Mass will be performed in the Catholic Church in her native Riga.