Helen Johann Starling (1928 - 2019)

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Helen Johnann Starling, 90, of White Rock community of Los Alamos, NM died January 15, 2019. She was born April 22, 1928 the daughter of Claudia Beetle and John W. Starling in Bradley AR. She is preceded in death by one sister, Glen Gray and nephew, Johnny Grey of Dexter, NM, and four half-sisters of Arkansas. She is survived by nephew, Donald Grey of Dexter, NM, several nieces and nephews of Arkansas. Her beloved son-like neighbor, Michael Veeser, lives in Portland, OR.
Helen, (Jo), held Bachelor and Master Degrees in Elementary Education. After teaching US Army dependents in Japan, Germany and Italy, she settled in Los Alamos. She first taught in Los Alamos then transferred to White Rock, Pinion Elementary where she retired after many years of teaching.
Her involvement in community and civic activities included being a long time guide at the Bradbury Science Museum, a volunteer in LAPD Citizens Patrol, a court advocate for children, Salvation Army bell ringer, and political elections. She was a member of PEO International, Chi Omega Sorority and the Episcopal Church.
Among the significant relationships that Helen treasured was her role as "Aunt Jo" to Michael Veeser. She regarded him as son sharing daily life together and special travel and educational opportunities. Mike became her guardian and lovingly aided in her care. Family in Arkansas fondly remember their visits with "Aunt Johnann" in New Mexico and her annual trips to Arkansas. She was known to have been very well read, had amazing recall, and was an interesting conversationalist. Neighbors, friends, students, their parents, and community leaders say Miss Starling was a very special lady and will be missed.
Her family is grateful to the White Rock Fire Department, Los Alamos Medical Center, LANB bank, home health care services, neighbors, The Senior Center, and Sombrillo Nursing Home for the generous and loving care extended during her elder stage of life.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Feb. 3, 2019
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