Helen A. Riley

SHARON — Helen A. Riley, 84, a lifelong area resident, died peacefully on Feb.12,  2019, at her home in Sharon.  Helen worked for many years as an operating room technician at Sharon Hospital. She was also a homemaker and hospice volunteer for nearly 25 years in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. 

Born July 18, 1934, in Sharon she was the daughter of the late John and Florabelle (Hill) Murphy. She attended Immaculate Conception School in Amenia and received operating room technician training in the 1960s. On March 9, 1953, at Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia, she married Laurence C. Riley, Sr.  Mr. Riley passed away June 1, 2015.

Helen was a longtime parishioner of St. Bernard’s Church in Sharon and enjoyed talking with family and friends when they would call or stop in for a visit at her cozy home. The family would like to extend special thanks to the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association and to the Sharon Fire Department for the kind care given to Helen when in need. She will be dearly missed by all.

Helen is survived by three sons: Laurence C. Riley Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Falls Village, Timothy Riley and his companion, Lisa, of Colchester, Conn., and Kevin Riley and his wife, Lisa, of Lakeville; a son-in-law, Tim Anderson; her sister, Margaret Murphy of Massachusetts; six grandchildren: Patrick, Kyle, Matt, Lauren, Alissa and Kara; several nieces and nephews; and her caregiver Sarah Ackerman and many dear friends. Helen was predeceased by her daughter, Sandra Marie Anderson and her grandson Todd Anderson and her siblings; Jack, Florabelle, Bertha, Ed Sr., Evelyn, Don, Ray and Carolyn.

Calling hours were held pon Friday, Feb. 15, at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton, NY 12546. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 16 at St. Bernard’s Church in Sharon. Father Francis Fador officiated. A spring burial and graveside service will take place in April 2019 at Hillside Cemetery in Sharon. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association, 30A Salmon Kill Road, Salisbury, CT 06068 or the Sharon Fire Department, P.O. Box 357, Sharon, CT 06069. 

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