Of Saugus and Centerville and formerly of Everett. Beloved wife of the late Attorney Michael Sandorse. Loving mother of Michael and his fiancée Stacy McGrath of Saugus, Peter and his wife Attorney Mary Sandorse of Wakefield and Ann-Marie and her husband John Stephens of Wakefield. Proud grandmother of Mary Kate and her fiancé Joseph DeSantis, Matthew Sandorse and his fiancée Michelle Spera and Margaret Sandorse.
Born on July 18, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine (Walker) McCormick. Helen was a proud graduate of Everett High school graduating on D-Day, 1945. After graduation, she sat for the Civil Service Examination with her childhood friend; they scored the top two highest scores in the state.
Helen went to work for the City of Everett Assessor’s Office and found a professional home there using her incredible talent for accounting. She stayed with the City of Everett until she started her family. Helen then found a home for her second passion, teaching young children. She went to work at Miss Chapman’s Nursery School on Hancock Street in Everett.
However, all of Helen’s fondest memories were centered around her family. Mike and Helen made a second home in Centerville on Cape Cod. She absolutely loved her home there near the sea. Helen loved sailing on Lewis Bay and joining extended family at Craigville Beach. She loved her home there telling everyone it was her favorite place to just be.
Helen and Mike would travel each year to join his 352nd Airborne comrades who fought with him in WWII. The veterans and their wives were fast friends traveling the United States together. The veterans also returned to England to the airbase where they were stationed leading up to D-Day. But even beyond these trips, she mostly enjoyed her travels with family visiting Italy, Ireland, France and, of course, Newfoundland, Canada, the birthplace of her parents.
Helen was a communicant at the Immaculate Conception Church in Everett until moving to Saugus when she joined Most Blessed Sacrament. She was also a communicant at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Centerville, MA for more than 50 years.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Wakefield on Monday, May 10 at 11:30 am. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be private at Bourne National Cemetery.
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