Published April 26, 2019
Helen was born on August 26, 1927, a daughter of the late Joseph C. and Helen (Cunningham) Madden. She was raised in Medford and graduated from Medford High School. She worked for several years at Filene’s Department Store in downtown Boston, and she later worked at Melrose Savings Bank. As a stay-at-home mother while raising her four daughters, Helen was quick to volunteer as a chaperon on school trips and enjoyed her girls’ friends. She was active in the Women’s Club of Melrose, the Church of the Incarnation Ladies Sodality, the Women’s Bowling League and was an Assistant Troop Leader for the Camp Fire Girls. She also worked to check-in voters for local and national elections at various spots in Melrose and she loved to see so many familiar faces. She also delivered many lunches around the city as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
Helen enjoyed camping in Milton, N.H. and Old Orchard Beach, Maine. She and her husband, Bernie, also spent many winter months in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla. They traveled more after he retired, visiting England, Ireland, Italy and took a Caribbean cruise with the family to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Helen loved going to the movies, out to dinner and for ice cream, shopping, going to the beach and doing crossword puzzles (in pencil). But she was happiest of all being with her husband of 51 years, her children, family and friends. Her grandson, Colin, was the light of her life.
Helen was the beloved wife of the late Bernard “Bernie” McGee with whom she shared 51 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Kathie Leveson and her husband Scott of Laurence Harbor, N.J., Virginia McGee of Rochester, N.H., Laura Kane and her husband Kevin of Fairfield, Conn. and Carolyn McGee of Alexandria, Va. Proud grandmother of Colin Kane. Dear sister of Marigrace “Penny” Silva and her husband Joseph of Burlington and sister-in-law to the late Francis X. McGee. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to remember Helen’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Friday, May 10 from 4 – 8 p.m., and again for her funeral Mass celebrated at the Church of the Incarnation, 429 Upham St., Melrose on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. For online tribute, or directions visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com