He­len Marie Mayer, 90, of Tivoli

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

He­len Marie Mayer was peace­fully wel­comed home into the arms of the Lord on Sept. 24, 2016, just 10 days shy of her 91st birth­day.

He­len was born on Oct. 4, 1925, in Kingston. She was one of eight chil­dren born to Lena and Bur­dett Wol­ven.

He­len grew up in Kingston and mar­ried her next door neigh­bor, Frank Mayer.

They were mar­ried for 62 years, re­sid­ing in Zena for over 50 years. He­len was the self-pro­claimed “Mayer of Zena” and was fa­mous for her baked goods, es­pe­cially her fudge and choco­late chip cook­ies. He­len moved to Tivoli in 2009 to live near her daugh­ter and care­taker, Mary Ellen.

He­len’s life was one of ser­vice to other peo­ple and she leaves be­hind a legacy of help­ing oth­ers. In her life­time, she was a mem­ber of Christ Lutheran Church in Wood­stock and the High Woods Re­formed Church. She was a found­ing mem­ber of the Zena Fire Com­pany Ladies Aux­il­iary and was ac­tive in its fund-rais­ing ef­forts for 46 years. She vol­un­teered at lo­cal food banks and other com­mu­nity-re­lated events.

He­len’s great­est at­tribute was her love for her fam­ily and friends. In re­turn, she was loved and adored any gen­er­a­tions of nieces and neph­ews. He­len was ex­tremely grate­ful and ap­pre­ci­ated the lov­ing care she was given in her own home by Bar­bara Martin, Betty Klaw­son and her niece, Jeanne Lange. They each held a spe­cial place in her heart.

He­len will be lov­ingly re­mem­bered by her daugh­ter, Mary Ellen Mayer of Tivoli; a daugh­ter-in-law, Ge­orgeanne Mayer of Niskayuna; grand­chil­dren, Tam­my­lynn Mayer, Denise and Tim Ken­sky of Niskayuna and Chris­tine Vier­stra of Saugerties; great-grand­chil­dren, Molly Hag­gerty, Michael Mayer Mar­shall, Matthew Ken­sky and Chelsea and Aubrey Vier­stra. One sis­ter, Bar­bara Viano of Kingston, sur­vives from the orig­i­nal eight sib­lings.

A lov­ing son, Michael Mayer (2003), and her hus­band, Frank A. Mayer (2005), pre­de­ceased her.

There will be no call­ing hours.

Please honor He­len by join­ing us in a cel­e­bra­tion of her life on Satur­day, Oct. 8, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the High Woods Re­formed Church, with a fam­ily friend, the Rev. Howard Smith, of­fi­ci­at­ing. Fol­low­ing the ser­vice every­one is in­vite to the church hall for a lun­cheon and fel­low­ship to share mem­o­ries among peo­ple who loved her. We hope to see all who wish to at­tend.

In lieu of flow­ers, please honor He­len by donat­ing in her mem­ory to one of her fa­vorite or­ga­ni­za­tions: the Zena Fire Com­pany or Hud­son Val­ley Hospice, 400 Aaron Court, Kingston, N.Y. 12401.

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