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Born: Sat., Sep. 10, 1927
Died: Thu., Sep. 12, 2019


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 15, 2019
Location: Celentano Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Mon., Sep. 16, 2019
Location: St Thomas More Chapel at Yale

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Helen R. Kroesser passed away peacefully at home on September 12, 2019 after a brief illness.  Born Helen Pringle Reed on September 10, 1927 in Quincy, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Peter E. and Helen (MacKenzie) Reed.  Helen was a graduate of Quincy High School.
Helen married Edward J. Kroesser on September 13, 1947 and spent several years in the Quincy-Hingham area before relocating to Milford, CT.
Helen and her family spent many summers along the Lamprey River in Raymond, NH in a house that Ed built on land that was purchased by Helen’s father in 1937. Following Ed’s retirement, they spent winters in Florida golfing with their many friends.
Helen was a dedicated wife and mother, and devoted her life as a role model for her children, teaching them by example to be kind, compassionate and to always see the good in others.
Helen had many talents that she shared with family and friends.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, painting, quilting, and she had an incredible sense of style.  She also loved  spending time at the ocean, reading, antiquing, and watching tennis and British mysteries.  It was known that she preferred we not interrupt her between 7:00-7:30 as she would be watching Jeopardy while enjoying a “wee jigger of bourbon”.  She was very proud of her Scottish heritage and delighted in stories of her ancestors.  A trip to the “old country” for her 40th anniversary was a very special time for her.
Helen’s wit, sense of humor and love of laughter made her a joy to be around and there was nothing she enjoyed more than spending time with her large and growing family.  
Helen is survived by five daughters:  Cheryl K. Broderick of Oxford, CT; Nancy K. O’Loughlin and her husband James of Hampton, NH; Theresa K. Romano and her husband Marty of Vero Beach, FL; Helen K. German and her husband Bruce of Woodbridge, CT and Suzanne K. Werth and her husband Pete of Woodbridge, CT; and two sons: E. James Kroesser, Jr and his wife Mary of Ipswich, MA and Peter R. Kroesser and his wife Lynne of Orange, CShe is also survived by thirteen grandchildren:  Matthew Broderick of PA, Jeffery Broderick of CT, Sarah Nichols of MA, Lauren Moran of MA, Justin Kroesser of NY, Emma Kroesser of CT, Megan O’Loughlin of MA, Michael O’Loughlin of IL, Kathryn O’Loughlin of NH, Hanna German of MA, Cole German of MD, Peter Werth of CT, and Carolyn Werth of CT.  She is also survived by six great-grandchildren.  
In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by her husband, Edward, who passed away in 2010 after 62 years of marriage, and her faithful pet Schnauzer, Sophie.
Friends and family may call at the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St, New Haven Sunday from 4-6 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Thomas More, the Catholic Chapel at Yale University Monday at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow in Carrington Cemetery, Bethany with her husband . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scots’ Charitable Society at  scots-charitable.org.

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Judith Beck-Rochelle
   Posted Sun September 15, 2019
Such wonderful memories, held deeply within my heart. My condolences to all with love and my continued prayers. Jude

Linda and Jeff Beck
   Posted Sun September 15, 2019
We were very sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Helen. We are very sorry that circumstances didn't allow us to be with you. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Love Linda, Jeff, Cassandra and Jayden

Joanne Buchmiller Dargan
   Posted Sat September 21, 2019
I just heard of your mother's passing and I extend my deepest sympathy. I remember Helen's sweet disposition and kindness from my childhood, as well as the great friendship that our parents shared. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joanne Buchmiller Dargan

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