Milspaw, Helen M. ALBANY Helen M. Milspaw, 89, formerly of Loudonville and Latham, died peacefully on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home. Born in Albany on February 5, 1925, she was the daughter of the late John and Marie Thomas Rooney. Helen was the wife of the late Maurice J. Decker of Loudonville and Harry M. Milspaw of Latham. She was the beloved mother of Pamela Decker Colligan (Robert A.) of Loudonville and Maurice J. Ginsburgh (Cynthia) of Colonie; cherished grandmother of D.J. Taylor, Kaari Stannard (Jeff) and Blake Decker (Christine); sister of John Rooney (Stella); loving step-grandmother of Amanda Lucier (Jeff), Jeff Madigan and Pia Madigan; survivors also include six great-grandchildren, 10 step- grandchildren; her nephew, Kenneth Rooney (Lucy) and niece, Patricia Neuffer (John). All through her life Helen enjoyed the company of her many pets and has been an animal advocate. Helen spent endless hours caring for and trying to find homes for abandoned and stray cats. She was also an active member of the Mohawk Valley Cat Fanciers Association and loved showing her Persian cat. Helping animals was a very important part of her life. Special thanks to the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home and the Heritage Home for Women for the wonderful care she received. Helen will be missed by her family and friends. Everyone that knew Helen benefited from her kindness and friendship. Funeral services, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:15 a.m. from McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen St., Albany thence to Blessed Sacrament Church, Albany at 9 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Monday, February 10, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Those wishing to remember Helen in a special way may send a contribution to Kitten Angels, 233 Houseman St., Mayfield, NY 12117. To leave a message for the family, obtain directions, or view other helpful services, please visit McveighFuneralHome.com.
Published in Albany Times Union from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2014