S. Helen Shaver
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S. Helen Shaver

Monday, July 23rd, 1928 - Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

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S. Helen Shaver, 92, formerly of Rotterdam passed away on Wednesday August 26th at the Schenectady Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.

Born and educated in Schenectady, Helen was the daughter of the late Thomas and Theresa (Buzek) Racko and a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. Helen went on to receive her Bachelors Degree in English from Union College.

A former employee in the Financial Aide Department at Union College for many years, Helen was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, a former volunteer at Proctors Theater and with the American Red Cross for many years. In her later years Helen took Tap Dance lessons at the Ferrara Dance Studio and was a member of a Senior Tap-Dancing Group.

Predeceased by her beloved husband, Ray E. Shaver in 1977, Helen was also predeceased by her 8 brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children, Michael Shaver (Kathleen Parente) of California, Tim Shaver (Sue) of Galway, Chris Shaver (Candy) of Mariaville, Maureen Chambers (Allen) of Rotterdam and Mark Shaver (Marlene) of California, her 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday morning September 3rd at 9:30 am at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 310 Princetown Road, Schenectady, NY (COVID-19 protocols of masks and social distancing at the church are requested)

Interment will be held in St. Cyril’s Cemetery in Rotterdam, NY.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Helen’s memory to New York State Right to Life, 41 NY 5, Albany, NY 12207

Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 | 9:30am
    Our Lady Queen of Peace
    210 Princetown Road
    Schenectady, NY
    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
    Mass of Christian Burial
    Rev. Vincent Ciotoli
  • Interment

    St. Cyril and Method Cemetery
    Duanesburg Road
    Rotterdam, NY

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Betty Buehler

Condolences to all of my old friend's siblings whom I haven't seen in so many years. I remember your mom as a very kind and positive person, and though I haven't seen her in many years, either, I recall that smile. It's good to know that her passing was peaceful. Happy memories to you all.
Comment | Posted at 12:23am via Condolence

Karen Hummel

To Helen's Family,
As soon as I saw that smiling face, I knew I had to write. I am so sorry for your loss. I am retired from the Amer. Red Cross where I worked at the Crosstown Plaza Blood Center, Schenectady. Your Mom was the always smiling and welcoming lady when you opened the door. She was a lovely lady and a great talker as I am. We had lots of slow days and we spent talking. She even made fudge and brought in one day for all. I still have the recipe. You were so lucky to have her this long. Prayers and thoughts for all.
Comment | Posted at 10:54am via Condolence

Susan Rinaldi

I was very sad to read about the loss of my old friend and colleague. I do not know the circumstances of her death nor why she lived in the Schenectady Home - but I do hope her time there was happy, peaceful, and without suffering. Helen and I worked together at Union College back in the 1980s and 90s. I am glad the family chose the picture in the obituary as it is just as I wish to remember her; she always sported that smiling face and sunny disposition.
My condolences to the families and friends who have lost such a special woman.
Susan (Kuczek) Rinaldi
Comment | Posted at 09:15am via Condolence

Thomas Ferri

Maureen and family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. All my prayers and condolences. Tom Ferri
Comment | Posted at 02:23pm via Condolence

Frank marro

I'm so sorry to see Helen passed away....I always had to stop every day to give her a kiss on her forehead after I saw my aunt on elm at Schenectady center...I loved that she had a picture of us taken at an elm party...god bless you Helen...
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