Helen M. Purcell, 87, of Hamilton Township passed away on Friday June 7, 2019. Born in Brooklyn, she was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, auditor, grandmother, friend, cousin and aunt. No role was more rewarding to her than mother.
Helen was a lifelong learner, attending and graduating from Montclair State University in her forties. She was an avid reader and a member of the YMCA and Mercer County Library Book Clubs. She did the daily crossword puzzle and was a master of many types of puzzles and games.
Helen volunteered throughout her life, as a School Class Mother, Cub Scout Den Mother and by providing free tax preparation assistance. She was the accountant for 20 years for The Sampson WWII Navy Veterans and also served as the President of their Auxiliary Association.
Prior to her retirement, Helen was an Auditor for State of New Jersey, Office of Legislative Services, Office of State Auditor, which she would say, was the best job of her life.
Daughter of the late James and Nora McCabe and sister of the late James, Hugh, Henry and Joseph McCabe; she is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Raymond; her children, Raymond (Marybeth), John, Carol, Mary, Maureen (Dan) Hulik and Christine; her grandchildren, James (Danielle), Genevieve, Daniel and Mary Elizabeth; her sister Mary Hofmann; her sisters-in-law, Dottie McCabe, Mary McCabe and Betty Purcell; and many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, St. Raphael RC Church, 3500 S. Broad Street, Trenton, NJ.
A burial of cremated remains will be held privately at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Helen’s memory to Trenton Area Soup Kitchen or a charity of the donor's choice by visiting In Memory Of at inmemof.org.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ.