FULTON, NY – Helen M. VanDeWater passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday August 25, 2012, at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.
She previously lived at the Springside at Seneca Hill.
She was born on March 26, 1918, the daughter of Charles and Florence MacDougall and was a lifelong resident of the Fulton area.
Helen had worked at the Sealright Company in the 1940s and at Ford Plastic’s and Angelo’s Big M in the 1960s.
As one of the first home demonstrators of Tupperware in the 1950s, she won a nationwide sales contest with the grand prize of an ocean voyage on the Queen Mary to Europe and a month’s stay in France and Italy.
She was a life member of the Parent Teacher’s Association through her work with the Erie Street School P.T.A.
Helen was an avid bowler, was the organizer and past president of the Sealright Women’s Bowling League at the Sealright Lanes when they were new, belonged to the Friendly Girls League at the Lakeview Lanes for more than 30 years and traveled to many state tournaments.
She was inducted into the Fulton Women’s Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame in the 1980s.
Helen was the past president of the Fulton Senior Citizen’s Club that met at city hall and was mistress of ceremonies of the Scudderville Band, a group of senior citizens who entertained at nursing homes and community events.
She liked to garden, loved to dance, play cards, spend time with her family and enjoyed going to the Turning Stone Casino.
Helen was a fan of TV’s Animal Planet and missed her poodle, Mio, who went to Doggie Heaven many years ago.
Helen greatly appreciated all the good care she received from the staff of Michaud.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Alberta Moryl, Orin MacDougall and Marjorie Vodek; and by a son-in-law, Michael E. Hogan.
Helen was the widow of David McKinney, who passed away in 1967 and of Kenneth VanDeWater, who passed away in 1983.
She was also predeceased by her long-time companion, Victor Bell, who died in 2006.
Known to all as a witty, outspoken, generous and beautiful woman, Helen is survived by a close-knit family of four children: daughter, Jerry and her husband, Ed Kasperek, son Paul McKinney and his partner, Bill Bundy, daughter, Denise and her husband, Mark Roth and by a son, Dave and his wife, Sherry McKinney.
She is also survived by a step-daughter, Peggy Heffron.
“Grandma VanDeWater,” as she was lovingly called, also leaves behind 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Upon her request, there will be no calling hours and no services.
The family will hold a private gathering in celebration of her life.
Donations in her honor may be made to: Paws Across Oswego County (a rescue and adoption agency for abused animals) 2035 County Route 1, Oswego, NY 13126 or to the Mount Adnah Cemetery Association, 706 E. Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069.
Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.
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