Helen Milne

August 9, 1925April 6, 2021

Obituary Helen Mary Matic Milne, aged 95, passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at her home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Helen and her husband, James Toner Milne, were married in 1946 and resided in Chicago, Illinois until moving to Riverdale, NYC, in 1954. They resided there for nearly 20 years and were active members of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church where their four children attended Catholic school. Helen was head of the Ladies Guild at St. Gabriel’s for several years as well as a Den Mother for her sons’ Cub Scout troops. She attended undergraduate school at the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, and, later attended Manhattan College earning a Master’s Degree in English in 1972. Helen and James moved to Manhattan in 1973 and resided at 2 Sutton Place South for fifteen years. During this time Helen taught school for ten years in NYC, initially at the grammar school level and then at an all-girls business high school in mid-town. Later she entered the business world, first as donations coordinator for Covenant House Youth Shelter in Manhattan and next as an administrative specialist for her husband, who was a co-owner of a wholesale pharmaceutical firm, Commons Bros. Inc., located in the Bronx and Manhattan. In 1988, after the sale of Commons Bros. Inc., Helen and James moved to Stowe, Vermont. They went into the hospitality industry as co-owners with two of their children of resort lodges, serving the fall color season as well as the winter and summer sports tourism trade. After nearly ten years in northern Vermont, Helen and Jim returned to Manhattan and resided on the Upper East Side for 25 years. For much of that time she was a widow after Jim’s death in 2001. During her remaining years, Helen was actively engaged in her local Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s in Yorkville, as a devout parishioner, a reader at Church services and volunteer assisting with parish administration. She enjoyed playing bridge, watching movies, and dining with her friends, especially Sunday brunches after Church. With her family she was always game for a trip up-state, out-of-state or off to Europe to visit friends in France, Italy and Switzerland, as well as ancestral homelands in Scotland and Eastern Europe. She always tried to tuck a game of golf into the mix. She will always be remembered for her sense of humor and adventure, her love of the Church and her family, as well as touching every person she met in a distinct way. Surviving are her four children: Marcia St. Clair, James T. Milne, Jr. and wife Judith, Mark J. Milne, and wife Claire, Christopher P. Milne, and wife Deborah; her nine grandchildren, Gregory Milne, Rebekah Milne, Owen Milne, Gavin Milne, Curran Milne, Heather Stevenson, Vanessa Hurta, Andrew Milne, and James Maxwell Milne; and her nine great-grandchildren, Harper Milne, Graham Milne, Ella Milne, Shannon Milne, Bridget Milne, Calvin Stevenson, Maggie Stevenson, Jack Hurta, and Sydney Hurta. A brief wake will be held on Monday, April 12, 9 a.m at the Church of St. Joseph’s on 87th St. near the corner of 1st Ave. followed by a Catholic Mass at 10 a.m.. The internment will be performed at a later date yet to be determined in Pawling, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be forwarded to the Church of St. Joseph or its parish school, 404 East 87th Street, New York, NY 10128-6030.


  • Visitation

    Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, April 12, 2021


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Janet Dunn

April 15, 2021

I was a student of Mrs. Milne at O.L.P.H. Business H.S. I graduated in 1983. Mrs. Milne was one of the most sweetest and compassionate people I had ever met. As I was about to graduate, school records showed that I hadn't received my Confirmation without that I could not graduate so Mrs. Milne stepped in and became my sponsor. She has left a lasting impression on me. You will truly be missed! To the family I send my heartfelt condolences to you all!

Pamela Carner

April 14, 2021

We cherish the memory of our visit to Aunt Helen several years ago and enjoyed the phone conversations each of us had with her. Aunt Helen shared her faith, love and memories of her parents and siblings growing up in Chicago. We especially treasure stories of her big brother and our father, Luke.

Aunt Helen was a loving, accomplished and remarkable woman. May she rest in the peace of Our Lord.

With love from Pamela and Rosemary

Jacqui Kelter

April 12, 2021

This is a photo of Helen and Jim at my Rosemont College graduation (for those who know me, you can ascertain year!)
Helen & your whole family at that time, were so much a part of my life, and I felt as included as if I were part of yours.
Helen always had a whisper-in-the-ear for me whenever our families got together and the memories always make me smile.

Heather Stevenson

April 11, 2021

I remember spending holidays at Nana Helen and Grandpa Jim’s house. Endless games of “Pass the Trash” and ping pong tournaments.
I remember coming to the city as college student and crashing after a day spent with Nana Helen just trying to keep up! I would always say “my grandmother has a bigger social life than I do”.
She was so greatly loved and will be forever missed.

Deborah Milne

April 8, 2021

Out on the town. Sherry, Roberta, Maryann, Helen, and Bob.

Nancy Wakefield

April 8, 2021

We extend our deepest sympathy to Chris & Debbie and the rest of the family. John & Nancy Wakefield

Deborah Milne

April 8, 2021

A beautiful woman...