GLOUCESTER: Helen E. Alto died peacefully at home surrounded by her devoted family who lovingly cared for her during the last year.
Helen was born and raised in Gloucester, the 4th of the nine children of Hassnie and Joseph George.
She worked for many years in the family business formerly known as “George’s Market” and presently as” George’s Coffee Shop." She later worked at the New England Medical Center in Boston and after 10 years she left to care for her ailing father, and at the same time managed to skillfully and artfully maintain the family rental properties until recent years. She was nicknamed “The Beaver” by her brother, Joe George, because of her boundless energy.
Helen had a wonderfully witty and entertaining side to her very unique personality and took great pride in teaching each generation of nieces and nephews her great treasury of nursery rhymes, riddles and poems.
She was a surrogate mother/grandmother to each and every one of us and fiercely protected us; she also lovingly took care of generations of pets including dogs, cats, goats, chickens and pigs; always there to help no matter what the circumstances.
We will miss her dearly.
Helen is survived by her brother, Dr. William George of Connecticut and a large array of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Jimmy, Joe, Jr., Herbert, Rose, Sarah, Alice and Barbara, and her former husband, Alfred Alto.
At Helen’s request, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the VNA Middlesex East Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880. For online condolences, please visit .