Helen Kessel, age 91, of Delray Beach, Fla., formerly of Salem, Mass., passed away on September 5, 2010 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She was the beloved wife of the late Abraham Kessel. Born in Chelsea, Mass. on April 16, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Rose (Paul) Ribok. Helen was raised in Chelsea and graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School. She went on to graduate from Boston University. She took pride in being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She also enjoyed being active within her community. Helen was an auxiliary member of many organizations including, the JRC in Swampscott, Jewish Memorial Hospital in Roxbury as well as the Jewish Recuperative Center in Roslindale. Helen was a member of Hadassah; also a member of Congregation Ahabat Sholom and its Sisterhood. She was the devoted mother of Joel Kessel and his wife Sheila of Charlestown; Herbert Kessel and his wife Barbara of Shelburne, Vt. and Richard Kessel and his wife Joan of Marblehead; Loving sister of Frances Sitrin of Sunrise, Fla.; the late Samuel Ribok and the late Mildred Freedman. Dear Grandmother of Eric Kessel and his wife Tamara; Greg Kessel and his wife Katie; Randi Kaplan and her husband Michael; Adam Rosi-Kessel and wife Rachele; Jonah, Andrew, Jeffrey and Bradley Kessel. Dear Great-grandmother of Madeline, Scott, Julie, Esther and Havi. Services were held at the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St., Salem-Swampscott line on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Rehabilitation Center of the North Shore, 330 Paradise Rd, Swampscott, MA 01907; Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St, Danvers, MA 01923 or to the American Jewish World Services, 45 West 36th St, 11th floor, New York, NY 10018. Arrangements are under the direction of Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel.
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from Sept. 8 to Sept. 15, 2010