Helen Ann Rosemurgy

May 13, 1968April 4, 2021

Mrs. Helen Ann Rosemurgy (Pelny) died surrounded by her family in Seffner, Florida on April 4th, 2021 at the age of 52.

Helen is survived her parents, Dolly and Fred Pelny; husband, Stephen Rosemurgy; their children, Michael and Lindsey Moore and Colin and Ian Rosemurgy. Her sister Jacqueline and husband Matthew Mitchell, her nephew John Mitchell and his wife Lindsey and their two children Kate and Jackson. Family was everything to Helen.

Helen Ann was born on May 13, 1968 in Port Jefferson, NY. She graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School in 1985 located in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. She went on to attended Appalachian State University. Helen was a warrior in advocating for the rights of people with Autism and the developmentally disabled. As one of the founding members of Autism Speaks Chapter in Tampa, she took her tenacity and passion to Washington D.C. to lobby congress on their behalf. Helen went on to develop a blog under the name “Autism Hippie”, which became hugely popular, with over 60,000 followers. Her blog concentrated on the day-to-day challenges families experience, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always informative and helpful. Helen’s passion to help others will live on forever though 1,000’s of families she helped.

Helen and her husband Stephen enjoyed traveling, collecting art from the many locations they visited was also a passion. During the heat of the Tampa summer, Helen enjoyed the time she spent in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where Stephen’s family is from.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for April 14th, 2021 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at Blount & Curry MacDill, 605 S. MacDill Ave. Tampa, Fl. 33609. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Helen's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Autism Society of Greater Orlando through their attached link

and Autism Speaks of Tampa Bay through their attached link;jsessionid=00000000.app30123b?idb=933988977&df_id=5023&FR_ID=6072&mfc_pref=T&PROXY_ID=6072&PROXY_TYPE=21&5023.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=8ACD8826A9C37099FCA74E6B7C2D6E4E

Funds can also be sent to our donation processing location at: Autism Speaks Business Office 1060 State Road – 2nd Floor Princeton, NJ 08540 Simply indicate which city you would like to funds credited in the memo: Tampa Bay or Orlando

At the family's request, please do not wear the color black to the celebration of life.


  • Gathering of Friends and Family

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • Celebration

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021



Helen Ann Rosemurgy

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Cheri Molina

April 15, 2021

Helyn loved to add up to ten years to our real age, well this year she missed me turning 50th for real by two day. All day I kept hearing her say: “you look great for 60” cheers Helyn!

Margaret LaGiudice

April 13, 2021

I remember the days we played in your pool on Adirondack Dr. We sure had alot of great times growing up on LI. Blessed we were able to reconnect on Facebook. Rest easy Helyn Ann. 💔

Mary Grace Rogers

April 13, 2021

A little girl with a personality her body could barely contain. The little sister that never seemed so little with a smile only the hand of could create. That’s how I remember Helyn. Sending love and smiles 💙
Mary Grace Rogers

Brown Melinda

April 10, 2021

I cried like a baby.... I had just talked to her on the phone recently during one of her treatments. She said some things I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I'm gutted.

She helped me so much with Lila, in being an autism Mom, and just finding the joy in the chaos. So many sayings and advice that I will carry in my heart for the rest of my life. I am so sorry for your profound loss. My love to Stephen, Lindsey, Mike, and the rest of her family and friends 🙏🏻💔

Jacqui Mitchell

April 9, 2021

She was my best friend., my sister, my world.
The words will never match the LOVE
I love you to infinity and beyond Helyn.
“My sister has the best sister”

Gloria Durojaiye

April 7, 2021

Helen was our RDI consultant and quickly became part of our family. She was smart, bold and fearless. She coached us through our journey with Autism. I know my son’s story with Autism would have been negatively different if not for Helen. She was a blessing to my family. May God bless and protect her family. Heartbroken 💔

Sydney Leizear-Lanman

April 7, 2021

I only met Helyn once and that was while she organized a lunch and “play date” for a bunch of teens in the area to meet at Dave & Busters; I was their server. I quickly recognized Michael and herself because I was friends with Lindsey however, prior to this I never met her. I was immediately drawn to her kindness and smile that could brighten up the room. I know she’ll be missed and we’ll all be thinking about the family ❤️

Kelly Shamsey

April 7, 2021

I met Helyn at an RDI conference she held in Tampa just a week or so after we were blindsided with my daughter's autism diagnosis. She was our our RDI consultant, my mentor, and friend. She picked me up, brushed me off, and gave me a detailed plan, a whole lot of hope, and tons of inspiration to fight for my daughter. I had never met anyone like Helyn, who lived so fiercely, laughed so often, and bravely forged a path where often none existed. I'll miss you Helyn, your memory will be my inspiration to keep the hope and keep fighting. Lots of love to Stephen, Lindsey, and Mike.

Mary Barden

April 7, 2021

It was an honor knowing Helyn. I first met her when I started teaching Michael. One of the best times was a cruise we took with other Autism moms. Had the absolute best time. She will always be remembered as a warrior and a champion to those with Autism. I carry your spirit with me daily.

Donna Lorman

April 7, 2021

Our deepest condolences to her family! Helen and I have been on our autism journey together. I can't imagine going through this without her. She was a strong advocate and a wonderful mother who adored her children. She was known as the "Autism Hippie" for many years and helped make major strides in autism awareness! She will be greatly missed by all!