Helen (Houle) Dunn 1910-2012

Posted September 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm


Helen Dunn, 102, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society in Miller, S.D.

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Her funeral will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5 in Albany, N.Y. at the McVeigh Funeral Home, with burial at Memory Gardens, N.Y.

Helen Dunn, born Easter Sunday March 27, 1910 to Helen (Holmes) and Joseph Houle in Cohoes, N.Y.

She first worked at Dunn’s Tire Store in Troy, N.Y., where she met Philip Dunn, whom she married twenty years later. She worked in Albany, N.Y. as the Assistant Head of Civil Service when FDR was Governor. At that time, she co-wrote the Equal Rights Amendment to the NYS Civil Service Law. February 2, 1945, she left Cohoes to elope with Philip Dunn.

They moved to Albany where she was active in the Rosary Society of St. James Church and volunteered as a kindergarten aide at Holy Cross School.

She spent many summers living at Saratoga Lake or traveling. Helen and Phil toured Japan, China, northwest Africa, Israel, Jordan and most of Western Europe.

She moved to South Dakota in 1996. She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Miller, sang in the choir and was honored in May 28, 2003 as a Pioneer Daughter.

She is survived by her step-son Peter (Patricia), their son Allen, daughter Catherine (Becky Valentine) and grandson Valen Dunn; Frances Ellen (William) Iovinella and their daughter Carla Marie (Michael) Corcoran; Rosemary (Lester) Moeller of St. Lawrence, S.D., and their children, Rachael Elena, Benjamin and Alain (April) Moeller.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Camille (1908), Joseph (1912-23) and Louis (1914-88). Philip Dunn died in 1974 in Albany.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Helen (Houle) Dunn 1910-2012

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