Helen Shirley Elizabeth (Novack) Hipkins

August 31, 1935August 23, 2021

Helen Shirley Elizabeth Novack Hipkins (8/31/35 - 8/23/21)

Helen was born and grew up in Garfield, NJ with her parents Frank and Helen, her brother Jerry and sister Linda. She married Kenneth Hipkins on January 23rd 1954 and they lived together for the following 67 and a half years. Their favorite song was ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’. They loved to polka at a wedding, enjoyed camping, and took plenty of vacations to Colonial Williamsburg. She was a devoted and loving mother to four children. She never missed a sporting event or school play, was always available to help with any PTA or outside event for her kids, and somehow still found time to run a busy household and be scout mother to Troop 1 of which her husband was scout master. She also found time to sew Halloween costumes, bake cookies and a wonderful chocolate cake and (although no one in the family can remember seeing her work on them) cross stitched many intricate samplers. She also worked as a Tupperware lady, Avon saleswoman, Sarah Coventry saleswoman, Welcome Wagon Lady, and for many years as an executive secretary at Hoffman Laroche.

Ken and Helen moved to Raphine, VA in 1994 and build a home she named Grandview. They lived happily there together for 27 years walking in their woods, watching deer and birds. And feeding birds. Helen fed a lot of birds. She loved many dogs, most recently Buster who was a good boy and loved her very much, even when she wasn’t feeding him from her plate. Helen lived with Parkinson’s Disease for many years before her symptoms became more than they could handle as a couple and so they moved to the Legacy at North Augusta in April of this year. She was immediately embraced and adored by the staff there, as was usual, no one that ever met Helen wasn’t immediately drawn to her warm smile, generosity, and quick sense of humor. Helen was a member of Saint Francis Catholic Church in Staunton. She was a volunteer at Guardian Angels Academy for 12 years. She loved to shop anywhere, kept too much ice cream in her freezer, enjoyed many trips to Cape Cod, and could say “I love you” in Polish. She was a bright spot in any day and will be missed by anyone who knew her.

A rosary service will be held on Wednesday August 25, 2021 at 6 PM at the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes. The family will receive friends following the service.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 10 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Matthias Lusembo officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Helen's Memory to the Parkinson's Foundation, 1359 Broadway, #1509, New York, New York, 10018 or by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.



  • Rosary Service

    Wednesday, August 25, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, August 26, 2021


  • Officiating


Helen Shirley Elizabeth (Novack) Hipkins

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Matthew Clemmer

September 1, 2021

Helen was one of the sweetest and most kind people I ever had the honor to know as I grew up alongside her grandson, one of my best of friends. I will always remember walking to her house to visit her and her husband with my friend to swim in their pool or play around on their computer, as well as her taking us to all sorts of different places for fun.
My deepest condolences go out to her entire family who are all absolutely wonderful people.

Glen and Resa Kuhne

August 26, 2021

We are saddened by the loss of your beloved Helen yet feel so blessed to have had her in our lives. Helen had a warm, compassionate, loving and humorous spirit which made us all the better. Love and hugs to Ken, Billy, Therese and Kathy.

Guy Sharpless

August 25, 2021

It is my deepest regret that I never had the opportunity to get to know Helen. I only got to know her vicariously through her son Billy, and the many times he spoke lovingly of his family and the memories he shared. I am heartbroken at her loss. The world is less for her passing. My sincerest condolences to all who knew and loved her. Godspeed

Kristie Burns

August 24, 2021

So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. I’d been her hairdresser for 25 years. She was definitely a special lady with a wonderful sense of humor! I will miss her greatly. My prayers are with your family!