WILMINGTON, MA — Helen Pilla (Elia), age 85, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 16, 2020.
Helen was born on January 8, 1935; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Olga (Starve) Elia. Helen lived in Wilmington for her entire life. She graduated from Wilmington High School in 1953 as class valedictorian and then married Tim, her husband of 49 years, on August 19, 1956.
Helen and Tim were “Mom and “Dad” to many members of the Ski Haus staff for years. They loved to travel, both in and out of the United States. After Tim passed away, she would travel with her family and especially with her granddaughter Lily on whom she bestowed the “wanderlust”.
She will be remembered fondly by many.
Helen was the devoted mother of Patricia McGaughan and her husband Brian of Berwyn, PA, Wayne Pilla and his wife Kelly of Salem, NH and Steven Pilla and his wife Jacqui of North Andover, MA. She was the loving “Grammy” of Zachary, Lily, Lizzie, Ashton, Cam and Sydney. Dear sister of Michael Elia of Wilmington, MA, the late Olga Christo and the late John Elia. Helen is further survived by many nieces and nephews.
Due to the current situation with the coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Pilla family has decided to have a private service at this time. A Celebration of Helen’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s memory may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P. O. Box 515, Northhampton, MA 01061-0515.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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