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Helen Louise Zeldin


1919 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Helen Louise Zeldin Obituary
November 29, 1919 - September 29, 2017 Our dear wonderful Helen passed away on September 29, 2017 due to congestive heart failure and other ailments. She was 97 years young. She was born Helen Louise Holmes to Emma and Leslie Holmes in Dayton, Ohio, on November 19, 1919. Her father passed away when she was seven and her grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles helped her mother take care of Helen and her younger brothers Kenneth and Richard. When Helen was fifteen, her mother married Orville Boyd who adopted Helen and her brothers. After a brief marriage at the onset of World War II, Helen went to work at the Glenn L. Martin Company at Wright Patterson Airfield. She also worked with the USO. After the war, Helen moved with her mother and stepfather to Eagle Rock, California, in 1949. She went to work for the phone company. Her brothers also relocated to Southern California and began families. In 1951 Helen married Sidney Zeldin. A year later they moved to Reseda and raised two sons, Loren and Louis. Helen was a tireless worker for the PTA in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and for many years chaperoned the Cleveland High School Grad Night event at Disneyland with her husband Sidney. Helen also spent a decade or so serving popcorn at all the varsity football games conducted at Cleveland High School. An avid gardener and flower arranger, Helen was a member of the San Fernando Valley Iris and San Fernando Valley Rose societies. Helen served as sunshine lady for both clubs for many years. And from 1970 to 2002 she served as a poll worker during nearly every election. Sidney passed away in 2006. Helen is survived by her sons Loren and Louis, Louis's wife Tina and step-grandson Matthew, nephews Doug, Chuck, and Robert Boyd and nieces Linda and Debbie Boyd, Diane McCormick, Julia Pfeiffer and Leah Zeldin. In addition, there are 15 grandnieces and nephews, and 10 great-grandnieces and nephews. There will be no funeral service, though a celebration of life will take place in the spring - 2018. The family request that in lieu of flowers, fans of Helen donate to a worthy . That donation will truly honor a kind and generous person who always gave with a smile.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2017
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