GUILDERLAND – Regina M. Blanchet Helm, 79, of Guilderland, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, September 1, 2019. Regina was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Andrew and Regina DuBruy Blanchet. She lived here all her life. She was employed by the New York State Dept. of Higher Education, and was a communicant of All Saints Catholic Church in Albany. Regina always found true joy surrounding herself with her family and many wonderful friends.
Regina is survived by her beloved husband, Kenneth L. Helm, Sr.; her children Kenneth L. Helm (Laura) of Naples, Florida, Kevin A. Helm (Michelle) of Slingerlands, and Keith R. Helm of Delanson; her three grandsons Joshua Helm, Zachary Helm, and Aaron Thomas; her brother Victor L. Blanchet; her sisters in law Marion Blanchet, Jeanette Blanchette, Jill Van Patten (Jeff), and Carol Engle; her brother in law Thomas Moriarty; and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Kimberly Helm Thomas; her brothers Leo Edmund Blanchet and Theodore “Al” Blanchette; and her sisters Beatrice Czwakiel and Annette Phelan.
The family would like to thank the staff of Community Hospice for the wonderful care they provided for Regina and the family.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 8:15 a.m., and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS), at 9:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Click here to view Regina’s resting place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY 12204.
Mitzy and John
We are so very sorry, our hearts share your grief. SiS was a mother to all and we will hold onto fond memories. Until we wrap our arms around everyone, know that we are thinking of you. Love to all.
Keith and family,
I’ve come to know your beautiful family during this very difficult time,
and learned that your mom was a very special lady loved by everyone that
I admire the life that your mom lived, and I can only hope that I can have
as strong of a finish to my life as she did.
With all my love and condolences.
Ken, Kenny, Kevin, Keith & Family,
Words cannot express how wonderful Regina was to me over the years and the support she and Ken gave me when Bob Passed. We talked about everything and anything and I considered her my best friend. As all of you, I will miss her so much but I will always keep her in my heart.
God bless you all at this difficult time and give you peace that she is with Kim and they are consoling each other.
Love to you and your family
To the entire Helm family… May you all have peace in knowing Regina has been reunited with Kim. My wish for you all is that you find strength in knowing God has welcomed her with open arms. Love to you all at this difficult time.
Love, Kelly Rafferty (Peggy Cardinal’s daughter)
Ken and family…, we are so saddened to hear about Regina. She was a beautiful caring lady and will be greatly missed Precious memories always remain Sending hugs and love to all God bless you all.
Kevin and Michelle so sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers to all your family
Sorry for your loss.
Regina was a lovely woman. I am sorry to hear of her passing and extend my greatest sympathy to Ken and all the family.
I am having trouble getting a sentence together that would accuretly define the pain that occurs when one’s journey here abruptly ends and begins somewhere else. When people leave, in our minds we know it has to happen but our hearts never agree. The struggle of being human is saying goodbye when we are not ready. You leave me with great memories aunt sis. Thank you for allowing me to learn to swim in your pool, for giving me kim who was a great cousin, and for just the sweet person you were.
I am so sorry for your loss, Regina was the most loving person I have ever met. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Youla and Maria Kontos
We are so very sorry for your loss, May her memory be eternal .
Gary and I are so very sorry for your loss, and are thinking of all of you. Please let us know if we can do anything at all or if you need anything, we are happy to help out. Lots of love and prayers, Donna and Gary
Star and Grace
So overy sorry for your lost our thoughts and prayers are with you all .
Sandy and Sherman Burnell
Deeply saddened to hear of Regina’s passing. What a wonderful lady who will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends that were blessed knowing her.
To All the Helm Family,
We are not in town and the news was just heartbreaking to hear. You are all in our prayers. A truly fantastic woman, with a heart of gold!!
Much love and tears, Charlie and Carol
I am very sorry for your loss.
My prayers are with you all.
Joseph & Karen Vivenzio
I have no words, to describe the loss, or to the pain and sorrow that has ensued our families have been intertwined since I was a young boy.I do believe with all my heart, that she is with family and friends, she dearly misses!
( the Lords Newest Angel Came Home )
Im so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
I LOVE YOU AUNT SIS. I remember being in your wedding at 4 years old. I was your flower girl . You were also my godmother and now You’re Another beautiful guardian angel. Tell daddy I Love him and I find comfort in the fact that you’re there with him . Till we’re all together again. I love you Aunt SIS
To the Helm/Blanchet/Vivenzio family,
My heart and thoughts are with you all. I so wish I was there in person with you. Since I can’t be I’m sending all the love and hugs I can from a far. You are an amazing family that I am grateful to be a part of.
Aunt Sis, I love you. You will remain a part of me forever. You have been an inspiration of love and family togetherness that can never be forgotten. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me and all of your loved ones! Thank you for taking care of me when I was a kid. Thank you for giving me time and space to know and be with all my cousins. Thank for keeping my father within the family no matter how hard he tried to retreat. Thank you for welcoming me back to the family in later years and showing me I had never been forgotten. Thank you for being you and showing the world so much compassion and love! You will be missed!
My deepest condolences to the Helm family. I hope the love and support from your loved ones bring you peace during this difficult time.
I admired the way Mrs. H fit into the roles of being a sister, wife, mother, aunt, mother-in-law, grandmother, and friend and doing so with ease.
I’ll always remember the delicious aroma coming from her kitchen when she was cooking for her family and friends. I was fortunate enough to learn how to make her famous Glumpkies, German potato salad, and Cheesecake which I have passed on to my own family and friends.
She asked for little but gave so much of herself to others. My wish for Mrs. H is to start her day with a ‘nice’ cup of coffee and to end her day with a ‘nice’ cup of coffee (hopefully Heaven also has an endless supply of tweezers and eye glasses ). May her family and friends in Heaven gather around her for the next journey.
May Mrs. H rest in peace.
Thinking of you at this time and sending my sincere sympathy. I’m so sorry
Cynthia M Dingley
Dear Helm Family , aka part of my camp family for years,
Mrs. Helm ( didn’t like us calling her that , he..he..) was soo much to soo many, and my heart breaks for you.
Kind, caring and very welcoming, and I do miss all of you..
There is a permanent place in my heart, and you will all always be there, and in my thoughts and prayers.
With much love,