Helen Flannery Sylvester

November 3, 1937March 11, 2021

Helen Flannery Sylvester was born on November 3, 1937 and passed away on March 11, 2021 in West Orange, New Jersey and is under the care of LaMonica Memorial Home.

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Helen Flannery Sylvester

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Dennis Flannery

March 20, 2021

Mom loved to dance; especially with Dad or anyone of her children and grandchildren. After Dad passed, I took any opportunity I could to dance with her. In 2018, at her 80th birthday party, in the kitchen at Dan’s shore house, I caught mom in a pensive moment. I asked her what she was thinking about, and she simply said, ‘Dad’. So I asked her to dance. He face lit up, and we danced for a few minutes. But she didn’t have much stamina and, though she was on oxygen, was quickly out of breath. She kissed me and hugged me with bittersweet tears in her eyes, and thanked me for the dance.

Now she can dance with Dad and Charlie. I miss dancing with you Mom.

Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes

March 15, 2021

John -- Although I did not have the pleasure of ever meeting your mom, the beautiful words in this obituary reflect what a wonderful person she was. This photo is absolutely lovely. You have acclimated very well to the DCF "family" and it is now abundantly clear where you got your compassion and kindness for others from :)

May you and your family be comforted by the many fond memories.
The State of CT Dept of Children and Families Exec Team


March 13, 2021

My sincerest condolences on the passing of Helen. She was such a regal and elegant person and a part of my youth that I'll remember fondly. May she rest in peace.