Helen Vadnais

Helen Sarah Vadnais (Bruso)

Wednesday, May 28th, 1930 - Sunday, December 29th, 2019
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Helen S. (Bruso) Vadnais, 89, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at the Wesley Health Care Nursing Home in Saratoga, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on May 28, 1930, in Fort Edward, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Mary (Kelly) Bruso.

On October 17, 1948, Helen married Hebert Vadnais at St. Joseph Church, Fort Edward. They spent 61 years together until his passing in July of 2010.

Helen worked for C.R. Bard for many years as a catheter assembler. She was also a nurse’s aide at Glens Falls Hospital. Most of all, Helen will be remembered as being a wonderful mother, grandmother and caregiver to all that knew her.

She was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with them, especially at Trout Lake where they enjoyed swimming, camping and fishing at Sportsman’s Paradise for the last 45 years. She grew lovely vegetable gardens and canned them in order to share with her family and friends. Helen was an excellent cook and fed everyone who came over to visit. Helen never said no to a pet, and over the years gave a home to dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, fish, ducks, quails, a racoon, and even a horse that may have made its way to Broadway in Fort Edward. She particularly loved providing a Christmas to everyone in her family and she always made sure to make everyone feel special and loved.

In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was predeceased by her siblings, Edith Bruso LaVigne, Lorraine Bruso Fox, Dorothy Bruso Jordan, and John Bruso, an infant sister Sylvia Bruso, as well as her son-in-law, Anthony Benware.

Left to cherish her memory include her children; Diana Geroux (Ken) of Greenwich, Ron Vadnais (Rose) of Whitehall, Denise Pliscofsky (Alex) of Fort Ann, Mary Benware (Dick Dashnaw) of Lyon Mountain, Gary Vadnais of Gansevoort, Cindy Smith of Hudson Falls, and Karen McNutt (Frank Blake) of Ft. Edward ; her 20 grandchildren, and 36 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call from 4-6pm on Thursday January 2, 2020 at the M. B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1pm on Friday, January 3, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Church 164 Broadway, Fort Edward.

The Rite of Committal will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Hudson Falls.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    M. B. Kilmer Funeral Home- FE
    82 Broadway
    Fort Edward, NY 12828
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  • Service

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 1:00pm
    St. Joseph Catholic Church -FE
    164 Broadway
    FORT EDWARD, NY 12828
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    Rev. Joseph Manerowski
  • Interment

    St. Paul's Cemetery - HF
    Vaughn Road
    HUDSON FALLS, NY 12839
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Eileen Doyon

Posted at 10:16am
I am so very sorry for your loss of your mom. I remember her so much in growing up and being neighbors. Our driveway went right to your home and she was always so welcoming to all. She was a very special lady. Cheerish all your memories. God bless and RIP . Eileen Donbeck Doyon.


Posted at 07:34pm
Rest in peace aunt Helen you were a very special person too me. I remember when I was just a little boy always wanting to go to trout lake to see you an uncle Herbert an always looked forward to go out in the the boat an fishing for the trout an so many more memorable times that will never be forgotten fly high with your beautiful wings that the Lord has gave you... I love you an will see you again. . Love little Al

The Jordan Girls & Families

Posted at 02:25pm
We are sending our prayers and support. With Love: April, Autumn, Amber, Billi-Jo, & Brandy
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R Timothy Henkel

Posted at 11:35am
Our sincere condolences to the Vadnais family for their lose. May Helen's memory be eternal. Tim & Joyce Henkel

John, Chris , Paige and Stacie (Keenan)

Posted at 05:18am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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