Helen M. Coyne (nee Jakubowski) passed away at the age of eighty-five at Bluewater Bay in Niceville, Florida on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Helen was born in Yonkers, NY on January 13, 1933 to Anna and Joseph Jakubowski. She graduated from Commerce High School, Yonkers, NY in 1951. On May 10, 1953, she married her high school sweetheart, Kevin N. Coyne, of Yonkers, NY. They were married for sixty years before Kevin passed away on September 8, 2013.
Immediately after the wedding, they moved to France because Kevin was stationed at the Laon Air Force Base. Helen and Kevin returned to the U.S. in 1956 and settled in Mt. Tabor, NJ and then Boonton Township, NJ where they raised a family of six children. In 1968 the family relocated to Georgetown, MA in order for Kevin to pursue a job promotion.
Helen was a very sociable, warm and generous person, a wonderful mother and a loving wife. She loved to host get-togethers, especially with her extended family, and was a wonderful cook. She had many interests, such as bridge, gardening and golfing, and artistic pursuits such as playing the organ, quilting and knitting. For a few years after the children had grown up she created a word processing business specializing in medical transcription. She will be most remembered for her sense of humor, her sacrifice for, encouragement of, and delight in, the growth and accomplishments of her children. She was truly a remarkable person, and an exceptional role model.
Helen is survived by her six children, Dennis Coyne of Pasadena, CA, Noreen Ward of Medford, MA, Kevin J. Coyne of Hampton, NH, Jacqueline Dederer of Spring Hill, TN, Karen Berry of Niceville, FL, and Michael Coyne of Raleigh, NC.; twenty-one grand-children; and eight great-grand-children (so far).
Helen is preceded in death by her sister Teresa Kelly.
A funeral mass will be held at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 7503 Peavine Road in Fairfield Glade, TN, on Friday, December 7th at 10am. Refreshments for family and friends will be provided immediately following the service.
Donations in honor of Helen Coyne may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.