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Published in the March 11, 2016 edition

Helen-Cadigan-obit-webMELROSE — Helen I. (Winslow) Cadigan, of Melrose, passed away on March 5 at the age of 90.

Helen was born in Boston on Nov. 22, 1925 to Leon and Mary (Fay) Winslow. She was brought up in Melrose, graduated from St. Mary’s Grammar School, and attended St. Mary’s High School. Helen later married John Cadigan, and the two settled down in Malden to raise their five children. Helen and John later moved to Melrose, and were members of the St. Mary Parish. She was a longtime member of the St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality, the St. Mary’s Alter Society, and the “Winni Club.” Helen was very involved with the church. Over the years, she made hundreds of sets of Rosary Beads, as well as scapulas and Baptismal Bibs. She also enjoyed sitting quietly and knitting, crocheting and number painting. She also made all of the kids afghans. Helen was a woman who did things her own way, she provided stability for her children while growing up and cared for them all deeply.

Helen was the beloved wife of the late John D. Cadigan. She was the loving mother of Eileen M. Glinner and her husband Mark of Wilmington; Joan L. Purdy and her husband Charles of Webster; John J. Cadigan and his wife Mary Kay of Nashua, N.H.; Robert T. Cadigan and his wife Lisa of Medford; and Mary C. Garneau and her husband James of North Carolina. She was the caring sister of Catherine Murphy of Melrose; Robert Winslow of Nevada; and the late Paul Winslow, Leonard Winslow, Marie Kinsella, Mark Winslow and Marguerite Fachan. She was the cherished grandmother of 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 9 at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home took place on Thursday, March 10, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Church, Melrose. Entombment at the Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown MA 02472. To leave an online message of condolence please visit