Helen V. Garbati

May 13, 1944February 3, 2021

Helen Vel Garbati of Uncasville CT. passed away at the age of 76, the morning of February 3rd with her loving husband, Bill Garbati by her side supported by their grandson Ryan Godfrey. All the family was able to see her the evening prior and share their love for her before she passed. Helen was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother and friend who touched so many lives with her passion for living. She taught her kids to be resilient and to “Go for It!” and when you hurt, she hurt. Helen and Bill had a wonderful life together during their marriage of 57 years including their love for travel and camping. A very successful business woman she was. At the peak of her career, she ran the East Coast sales region for Personal Preference Inc. and was a motivational speaker. Her work enriched the lives of the many sales associates she trained and supported who were able to succeed and give their families a better life. She also earned so many wonderful incentive trips which fueled her passion for travel. When many might have chosen retirement, Helen dove back into real estate with William Ravis where she was a top performer exceeding many personal goals which was an inspiration to her children. Helen was the life of the party and loved music and dancing and spending time with friends and family especially at their summer hangout at Indian field Campground in Salem. She was the glue that always held the family together and the pied piper of the pack who made all Holidays and Birthdays special. She is survived by her husband Bill Garbati, their three children Bill Garbati and his wife Lillian, Tom Garbati and his wife Dennaye, Diane Godfrey and her husband Aaron and four grandchildren, Nicole and Trent Garbati, Tommy Garbati and Ryan Godfrey. Her parents were George and Veronica Borkowski with a sister and 3 nephews. We know she is now at peace with God and we look forward to the day we are all together again! Luke 23:43 – And Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” There will be private service for immediate family only as she did not want us to mourn over her but wanted to celebrate her life which we did when many friends and family gathered for her 75th birthday just before she went to be cared for by the incredible, loving and wonderful staff at Harbor Village to which the family is grateful. Donations in memory of Helen Garbati can be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association at Please visit to sign the online guestbook and leave a tribute for Helen's family.


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Helen V. Garbati

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Sally Wassell

February 18, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Helen's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We met her at Indianfield Campground when we bought there five years ago. As my friend Judy said she was a hoot. We always had to dance with her to Kid Rock's song All Summer Long. I promise this summer we will dedicate that song to her and toast her and dance.

Jeff, Sally & Nikki Wassell

Sue Ward

February 11, 2021

Helen and Bill were wonderful neighbors to us when we first arrived in the US and settled in Salem. We will remember Helen with fondness and gratitude. Our sympathies to Bill and all the family.
Keith and Sue Thomas

Richard and Julie Muckle

February 9, 2021

Bill and Family,

We are very sorry to hear of Helen's passing. Our memories go back to the days on Park Ave. Ext. as young marrieds and raising our families. May God grant you all comfort and peace knowing that she is in a better place.

The Muckles

Len & Mary Cottrell

February 8, 2021

Bill, Billy, Tom, Diane and family,

So very sorry for your loss. Helen was an energetic and fun person. We have fond memories of getting together with all of our children at all the sports games, etc. especially Kalamazoo.

Len & Mary

Joann Kerr

February 6, 2021

Susan. Just read about Helen. Didnt know. God bless. Joann

Heather Stevens

February 5, 2021

You are amazing role model!
So many memories from the holiday parties in Waterford to the campground.
Words really can’t express your infectious personality and charm. Growing up knowing you was a blessing, “AuntHelen”!
So happy we shared a chartered boat trip on the cape to you carrying my current golden retriever as a puppy when I first got her bc she was too tired. Caffeine free Diet Coke was your only request for that trip. You helped me in times of grief when my father and brother passed, to being my realtor! We will love and miss you always!
I know my mother is struggling and loves you so so much. Your family adores and loves you to the moon and back.
So much love to you.
Love Heather Stevens

Victor C Pippo

February 5, 2021

God Bless to Helen and her family. Rest and peace.

Sheila Reed

February 5, 2021

Tommy and Dennaye,

My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved mom. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers and hope the memories of your mom fill you with love and comfort in the days and weeks to come.

Sheila Reed

Pam and Mark Grenier

February 5, 2021

Our hearts go out to your family at this difficult time. Rejoice in knowing that Helen loved you all beyond words and, is now, at peace.

Jeanne Darrow

February 4, 2021

Bill and family, Leroy and I send our sincere condolences to all of you. We always enjoyed spending time with Helen and Bill. 🙏🙏🙏🙏