Helen Sylvia (Cohen) Goldberger

October 25, 1933 ~ January 9, 2022 (age 88)


Helen Cohen Goldberger, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at the age of 88. Helen is survived by her three children: Neal M. Goldberger, MD, (and wife Lee Ann Soowal); Bryan J. Goldberger (and wife Andrea Goldberger); and Marc S. Goldberger (and wife Lisa S. Goldberger). She is also survived by her six grandchildren and one great grandchild: Tess Goldberger Fornabaio (and husband Bobby Fornabaio); Matthew Stankus (and wife Jenna Stankus and daughter Vivienne Stankus); Alexandra Stankus; Danielle Goldberger; Zachary Goldberger; and Tyler Goldberger. She is also survived by her beloved dog, Penny. She is preceded in death by her parents, Julius Louis Cohen and Lillian Winters Cohen, and sister Betty Schiff. Helen was born on October 25, 1933, in Schenectady, New York to Julius Louis Cohen and Lillian Winters Cohen. She attended the University of Connecticut and graduated from Russell Sage College in 1954 with a Teaching degree. She later obtained her master's at Sage Graduate School. Helen was employed by the Schenectady City School District for an incredible 64 years as a fulltime teacher, then as a substitute teacher following her retirement. She was an accomplished educator and devoted her talents to supporting and helping children reach their full potential. Helen was a classroom teacher and also taught music. She was an accomplished pianist and served as the accompanist for numerous holiday and other concerts and events sponsored by the school district. In addition to her career with the Schenectady City School District, Helen also served as a religious schoolteacher and worked with inmates as part of the Threshold Program at the Schenectady County Jail for 15 years. In addition, for many years, Helen, along with her son, Marc, operated an ice cream vending business on the beaches of Cape Cod during the summer months. Helen enjoyed her time at the Cape and the challenge of operating a summer business. Helen was also a realtor for many years. She enjoyed working with clients and fulfilling their dreams of homeownership.

A small, private, intimate celebration of Helen’s life was held on Monday, January 10th at Agudat Achim Cemetery.   The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at Wesley Rehabilitation Center, 2 Hathorne, in Saratoga Springs, New York and Community Hospice of Saratoga Springs, New York for their kind and compassionate care of Helen

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