Helen O'Connell

Helen A. O'Connell (Carpenter)

Saturday, November 23rd, 1929 - Monday, May 4th, 2020
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Fort Edward

Helen Ann O’Connell, 90 years old passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020 at the Fort Hudson Nursing Home in Fort Edward surrounded by her family.

Born November 23, 1929 in Fort Edward, NY, she was the daughter of the late James and Alice (Regnar) Carpenter.

Helen attended Fort Edward High School.

On February 5, 1950, she married her best friend, Arvid O’Connell at St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward.

Helen enjoyed antiquing, watching her favorite sports team (the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Giants). She loved sitting on her porch and visiting with her neighbors. Her love was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved a bowl of French Onion soup from the Anvil Inn.

In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, eight brothers, John, Robert, William, Richard, James, Joseph, Paul, Bart Carpenter, two sisters, Jean Matt and Catherine Gorham, her son-in-law, Dan Smatko, as well as many loving brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Kathy Smatko and her son Arvid and his wife Joy and her grandchildren Adam Smatko and his fiancé Jamie Kingsley, Eric Smatko and his wife, Jessica, Michael O’Connell and Maggie Lapelle and her husband Tyler, her great-grandchildren, Mercedes and Madelynn Lapelle, and Ashley and Zack Smatko , two brothers Francis (Doris) Carpenter and Michael (Colleen) Carpenter, four sisters, Sally Trainor, Carolyn Cuttler, Jackie (Mike) Pasterchick, and Cindy (Ken) Baker, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gara, Donna Hopkins and the entire staff of G wing, for all their wonderful care of Helen.

Due to the recent Pandemic there will be no calling hours.

Memorial donations in Helen’s memory can be made to St. Joseph’s Church at 164 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828.

Arrangements are in the care of the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward. For online condolences and to view Helen’s Book of Memories, please visit
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    St. Joseph Cemetery -FE
    Burgoyne Ave.
    FORT EDWARD, NY 12828
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Due to the current health crisis services will be private.


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Kathleen Elizabeth

Posted at 11:45am
Kathy, Arv, Joy, & Family: Deepest sympathies on Helen's passing. Thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time. Kate Abare & Family

Claire Allen

Posted at 10:13pm
Our family is very sorry for your loss. So sorry everyone can not be together right now. We are thinking of you. Best wishes to your family Arvy the Hall family

Bill Trackey

Posted at 11:46am
Arv ,
I am very sorry to hear your mother passing. I have great memories of her growing up. What a Great person she was. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

mark lewza

Posted at 11:22am
I was very sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. I know it has been a very long time since I've seen you or have been back in town, but one thing I remember, was your Mom always saying hi, and giving me a friendly wave from your porch, when I walked home from school. She was always at our little league games, cheering for all the boys she knew (even thou we were on opposing teams), and later' when we played HS football. I'm very sorry for your loss, as well as the loss of everyone who knew her.
Mark Lewza

Amy Walker

Posted at 10:17am
Kathy and Arv, I am so sorry about your moms passing. i know you already know this, but my Aunt Helen meant the world to me. so many times i would go visit her and we would argue and always ended up with a laugh. I was her favorite brat. (in my mind) I will miss her so much. Love you guys!!

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