Helen P. (Tamulis) Luippold, 99, died Tuesday 9/17/19 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. She was born in Greenfield on March 14, 1920, the daughter of Albert and Matilda Tamulis. Helen attended local schools in Greenfield and was a graduate of Greenfield High School, Class of 1938. Helen loved basketball and played on the woman's basketball team for Greenfield High School.
During WWII, Helen worked as a secretary at the Millers Falls Tool Company. She also worked at Guarantee Loan Company in Greenfield. Her final and longest career was with Phoenix Mutual Insurance Company in Greenfield. She was well respected and warmly appreciated by all her employers.
Helen loved all sports especially woman's basketball and could frequently be found routing on the Woman's UConn Huskies. She had hoped to live long enough to see the Red Sox win a World Series. She had no idea that she would see them win four times. In addition to sports, Helen enjoyed doing her daily crossword puzzle and reading the newspaper. She kept up with world events and politics. During her recent hospitalization she was reminded of the upcoming Democratic Convention to which she asked "how many women are in it?"
Helen strongly believed in the commitment to and the importance of family. She firmly held onto traditions that were taught and passed down to her children. She enjoyed telling stories of her youth growing up in Greenfield and of the Lithuanian community of that era. Nothing brought more joy to Helen than seeing her family together and enjoying each others company. She was known throughout the family for her sharp memory and typically recalled the answer to a question when no one else could.
She was a lifelong communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield and deeply committed to her faith.
Among her survivors, Helen leaves three sons, Charles Jr. and his partner Nancy Carson of Northfield, Robert and his wife Irene, and Stephen and his wife Gina, all of Hatfield; two grandchildren, Krishna Barrett and her husband Will and Camille Hamilton and her husband Andrew; three step grandchildren, Michael Gokey and his wife Pam, Christopher Gokey and his wife Melanie and Natasha Francoeur and her husband Paul as well as several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her loving nieces Joan Maxson, Janet Wolfram and Terry Titcomb, and nephews Thomas Luippold, Jr., and Vincent Maxson.
Helen was predeceased by her husband, Charles Luippold, Sr. and her six siblings, Mildred, William, Edward and Victor Tamulis, Edna Wolfram and Elizabeth Maxson as well as her niece Beverly Wolfram and nephews Martin and Paul Luippold.
The Luippold family wish to thank all those at Rockridge Retirement Community for their loving and compassionate care and the true friendship they showed Helen over the past 6 years. Helen had many friends at Rockridge, both residents and staff, whom she truly enjoyed her time with. Thank you also to the staff at Cooley Dickinson Hospital where during her brief stay Helen received expert and compassionate care by all those she encountered.
Her family will meet for a private memorial graveside service to be held at Calvary Cemetery, Wisdom Way in Greenfield.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to one of Helen's favorite charities, The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home. For condolences, please visit www.kostanskifuneralhome.com
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