Obituary: Helen Repko Wahlstrom, 88, Danbury Public School teacher

Information and photos courtesy of Cornell Memorial Home

DANBURY, CT – Helen Repko Wahlstrom, longtime resident of Danbury and Brookfield, passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long illness on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at Glen Hill Center, Danbury. She was 88 years old.

Helen was born in Danbury and was the daughter of the late Andrew V Repko and the late Marion Siskey. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, David Wahlstrom, her brother Andrew Repko Jr and her sister Patricia Repko. She is survived by her sisters Nancy Repko Piskura and Pauline Repko Basso.

Helen will be sadly missed by her daughter, Laurene Wahlstrom Beattie of New Milford, “adopted daughter”, Elizabeth Crooks, of Birmingham, AL, grandchildren David R. Beattie and his wife Katelyn of New Milford, CT, and Samantha Beattie, his partner , Ben O’Neil and his great-grandchildren Bentley, Matilda and Denver O’Neil of Adelaide, Australia.

Helen was a beloved teacher in Danbury Public Schools for over 30 years and her ability to convince even the most reluctant child to embrace learning is legendary. An avid reader and word gamer, Helen instilled an enthusiasm for reading in her students. Even after her retirement, she gave her time as a volunteer to children who needed extra attention to reach their full potential. Helen was admired for her commitment to teaching and willingly mentored newcomers to the profession. Additionally, she supported women who work as leaders in the Connecticut Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs.

Helen earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Danbury State Teacher’s College, now Western Connecticut State University, where she met her future husband. Together, Helen and Dave were known for their generosity and good humor, enjoyed traveling and spending time at home in Candlewood Lake and Vermont, and were content to be good neighbors and contributing members of the community. Helen was a parishioner at St. Joseph’s Church in Brookfield.

There are no calling hours. Helen will be laid to rest next to her husband on Tuesday 26 at 2:30 p.m. with family and close friends in attendance at a funeral service at St. Peter’s Cemetery, 71 Lake Avenue. Post, Danbury. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you take the time to read a book to a child or make a donation to the local children’s library in Helen’s memory.

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