Helen Mitchell Henry

OSWEGO, NY – Helen Mitchell Henry passed away with her family beside her after a short illness on Monday August 10, 2015.

Helen was born in Oswego, on March 2, 1933, along with her twin infant brother, John.

A proud alumni of the Oswego City School District, she took great pride in her spelling and writing skills.

After graduation, she attended SUNY Oswego and met her future husband, Bill.

Helen went on to be the office manager for both of her family businesses, Henry Construction and Mitchell Printing.

Then, she went into her 70s opening her own wedding business, Mitchell’s Wedding Artistry.

Since her teenage years, she worked assisting her father at his printing company, interpreting for him as both he and her mom were deaf, and printing wedding invitations for thousands of local brides, often times for the children of couples she had worked with years earlier.

Helen was predeceased by her parents, Weir P. Mitchell and Mary Slanski Mitchell, as well as her brother, John.

She is survived by her husband of more than 55 years, William (Bill) Henry; her three sons, John (Kathy), Gregg (Sue) both of Oswego and Scott (Susan) Henry of Liverpool.

Her five grandchildren were the focus of her life, Megan, Drew, Tyler, Liam and Maia, along with her grand puppies, Hailey and Dirt.

She was happy to share her life with many nieces and nephews.

Helen served on many local boards including the Oswego YMCA and Harborfest and also worked with the NY State YMCA Swimming Association.

A keen follower of local issues and politics, she was always actively involved in her community.

She loved spending time at her camp on South Sandy Pond, which her father built.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Oswego County Humane Society, 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY, 13126.

Funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Calling hours will be conducted Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial services will be private.



  1. Mrs. Henry was so helpful with our wedding planning, all those years ago. I will always associate her kindness with those pre-wedding days. I suspect she will be missed by her family, but oh what a wonderful legacy she left! Hope your fond memories carry you through those events in which mother/mothers-in-law are active!

  2. Uncle Bill and family.

    So sorry to hear about Aunt Helen. I know she will be greatly missed but you
    will also have many fond memories. One of the things I remember is when she
    shopped for Judy and I for dresses we wore to Aunt Nancy’s wedding. I have a
    picture of the both of us. I know we thought we were pretty special in our new dresses.

    Praying and thinking of you at this time.

    Mary Margaret

  3. John, Kathy and family. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. From my childhood delivering papers within the neighborhood to working with her in the printing business she always treated me and others fairly and with respect. I send warmest wishes and condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! FSH

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss John and Bill. My family lost my dad 8-17-13 and I know how hard it is for my mom and I to deal with the pain even now. She will be missed and may she rest in peace.

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