Helen Agnes Mary Carroll Andersen of Queensbury left this world on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, shortly before her 95th birthday. Helen was born on Jan. 2, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, to Herbert J. Carroll and Helen A (Roach) Carroll.
Helen attended Holy Cross Elementary School, St. Joseph’s Commercial High School and Erasmus Hall High School, all in Brooklyn. She graduated from Erasmus Hall in January 1945.
On Oct. 2, 1949, she married Kenneth E. Andersen at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brooklyn. They were married for 51 years until Kenneth’s death in 2000. Together they built a wonderful family that included six children: Paul, Mary, Frances, Bruce, Christopher and Grace.
After Kenneth passed away, Helen married John Virum of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, on Nov. 13, 2011. They were married for four years until John’s death on Jan. 11, 2016. John and Kenneth served together on the USS Gendreau during World War II.
Upon graduation from high school, Helen was employed by New York Telephone. After her children grew older, she was employed at Sleepy Hollow Restorations and later at Scher’s Jewelry Store.
Helen devoted much of her time to volunteer activities, including Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the US, Norcort Seniors, Capital Region Destroyer Escort Sailors Association (CAPDESA), Westchester County Blood Bank, Lakeland School District Committee on Handicapped and the Parents Advisory Committee. Helen also was a choir member at St. Martin of Tours Church, Bethpage, New York, and Holy Spirit Church, Peekskill, New York. She was a member of the parish council at both Holy Spirit Church and at Our Lady of Carmel Church in Granville, New York. Helen also served on the liturgy commission at Holy Spirit Church.
Helen received many awards and honors for her volunteer work. She was awarded Wiccopee District BSA District Award of Merit and was the first woman in Westchester Putnam Council to receive the Silver Beaver Award. She also completed Woodbadge. She received Senior Citizen of the Year twice – once from Norcort Seniors and also from the Town of Cortlandt.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Helen was predeceased by her son-in-law Alan T. Kozlowski.
Helen is survived by her children Paul Andersen and his wife Joan of Dayton, Ohio; Mary Dickinson and her husband Dale of Moreau, New York; Frances Kozlowski of Hamden, Connecticut; Bruce Andersen and his wife April of Hartford, New York; Christopher Andersen of Warrensburg, New York; and Grace Denault and her husband David of Newark, Delaware; two stepchildren Barbara Virum and Thomas Virum of Minnesota; 14 grandchildren TSgt Eric Andersen, USAF and his wife Rasamee, Timothy Andersen, Keri Rooks and her husband David, Jason Dickinson, Alan Kozlowski and his wife Toni, Tania Corfey, Krista Peters, Eric Kozlowski and his wife Cheryl, Rebekah Battistoni and her husband Peter, Davy Arlo Andersen and his wife Carolyne, Jennie Demers and her husband Justin, Damien Andersen and his wife Charissa, Alanna Denault and Bridget Denault; as well as 19 great-grandchildren, with another great-granddaughter expected at any time along with nieces and nephews.
Friends and family may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, at M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Glens Falls, New York.
A funeral mass will be conducted on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Annunciation Church in Queensbury with the Rev. Joseph Busch, pastor, officiating.
Rite of committal will follow at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd. Schuylerville, New York.
It was Helen’s wish that donations in her memory be made to USS Slater (DESA Historical Museum), PO Box 1926, Albany, NY 12201 or Our Lady of the Annunciation Church, 448 Aviation Rd., Queensbury, NY 12804.
To view Helen’s Book of Memories and post online condolences, please visit kilmerfuneralhome.com.