Janice M. (Bontempo) Helein

  • Born: February 13, 1946
  • Died: February 21, 2020
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

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Janice M. (Bontempo) Helein, of Melrose, passed away after a short but courageous battle with glioblastoma at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on February 21, 2020. Janice was the beloved wife of Alan P. Helein.

Janice was born in Everett to the late Michael & Lucy (Carino) Bontempo, was raised in Everett and was a proud graduate and active alumna of Everett High School. She was a resident of Melrose for 35 years. She graduated from Northeastern University and was a medical technician at Massachusetts General Hospital for several years. Janice managed the laboratory at Pediatricians Inc. in Winchester for the past 30 years. She was also a child advocate and dedicated her life to helping kids stay healthy and safe. Janice was an amazing mother who taught her kids that kindness, generosity, and humanity were to be practiced daily and that the secret to life was finding joy in every moment. Janice enjoyed spending time with her family, especially summers at York Beach, Maine with her grandkids Zachary, Zane, Zoe, Gianna, Sophia and Sydney. She loved traveling and Saturdays at Panera with her sister friends. She was a gifted story teller, avid reader, epic shopper, and could complete the most complex crossword and sudoku puzzles... without cheating! Janice was always there with a kind word, a helping hand, or a charitable gesture to brighten someone's day.

Loving mother of Alan P. Helein Jr. & Jessica of Las Vegas, Gina M. Palmer & Valerie Moschella of North Reading, Jennifer M. Tulipani & Robert of Wakefield and Jason M. Helein of Brooklyn. Cherished grandmother of Zachary, Zane, Zoe, Gianna, Sophia and Sydney. Caring sister of the late Rita Miller & her late husband Russell and the late Richard Bontempo and sister-in-law of Sharon King, Eddie & Linda Helein. Lifelong sister friend of Connie O'Connor, Janice Hickey, Rosey Gigante & the late Janice Davey as well as numerous other close friends, nieces & nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 4:00-8:00PM. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Friday Morning February 28th at 9AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose at 10AM. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Janice's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Life has many joys and unfortunately there are shocks as well. Today, we were shocked when we learned of Janice's death. As with Janice, we grew up in Everett and graduated from Everett High School with Janice and although the years have passed and the connection has not been active, Janice's passing hurts and is heartfelt. As for the joys in Janice's life, the video provides a wonderful glimpse into Janice's well-lived life family, family, family, friends and those she worked with. Janice's contributions were meaningful and thus she will be greatly missed by all those she touched in her life. Although our connections were not recent, we are glad to have known Janice and now to see all that she meant to so many others. Our sympathies to Al, Janice's family, and friends. John & Donna EHS 68

Posted by John & Donna McAdam - Merrimac, MA - Friend   March 28, 2020

I have known Janice since Lafayette elementary school. She and her family lived in our neighborhood. Although she was a few years younger than me, I always admired how she was so polite, well behaved, pretty and courteous to all others. I also remember when she was a cheerleader for Everett High School. She did a great job.
My sympathy to Al and his family. Although I did not see Janice after high school, I was pleased to know that she married Al(my friend from high school). From listening to the DVD, it sounds like she was a great wife & mother. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Chuck Olsen - Albuquerque, NM - Friend   February 28, 2020

Our sincerest condolences to your family. We were shocked and heartbroken to hear of Janice's passing. She was loved by everyone and left us way too soon. Our prayers are with you all.

John and Lorraine Losanno

Posted by Losanno - Clifton Park, NY   February 27, 2020

We are so very sorry for your loss. Janice was such a warm and kind woman with a contagious laugh and bright smile. You have our deepest and most heartfelt condolences.
-Terri, David, Ben and Jessica Palmer

Posted by Terri Palmer - Haverhill, MA - Family Friend   February 27, 2020

Our sincere sympathy to you and yours. Love, Joan & Bob Tufts

Posted by Joan & Bob Tufts    February 25, 2020

Dear Al & Family,
Please accept my sincere condolences. I will remember Janice in my prayers. Al, stay strong. Your friend, Joe O'Keefe

Posted by Joe O'Keefe - North Eastham, MA - Friend   February 25, 2020

I've known Janice for more than twenty years through Winchester Pediatrics. She was always so kind and compassionate, with a ready smile to ease the nerves of a frightened child. She was a joy to know. My sympathies to her family and friends.

Posted by Mary Halmkin - Spouse   February 25, 2020

So very heartbroken for your loss.. Thinking of you all.
Thoughts and prayers and lots of love.


Maria and David Capachietti

Posted by maria capachietti - Lynnfield, MA   February 25, 2020

My heart and prayers go out to your family at the passing of your mother. Janice and I were classmates and cheerleaders together at EHS. My wonderful memories of her are as vivid today as they were then. Rest in peace Janice.

Posted by Maureen Zanelli - Braintree, MA - Classmate   February 25, 2020

My heart and prayers go out to your family at the passing of your mother. Janice and I were classmates and cheerleaders at EHS. My wonderful memories of her are as vivid today as they were then. Rest in peace Janice.

Posted by Maureen Zanelli - Braintree, MA - Classmate   February 25, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. My children and grandchildren all were patients at Winchester
pediatrics for the last forty years. Everyone loved Janice and her loving and patient way she dealt with nervous children. Her personality was always a smile and treated my family with such kindness. Our prayers and thoughts with all of you
Sheila McGlynn

Posted by Sheila Mcglynn - Medford, KY - Friend   February 25, 2020

To the 'Bontempo/Helein' families, Jan will be missed so very, very much, and is already...it's a nightmare to think that she is no longer with us. She was/is a wonderful, wonderful friend, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt to ALL...Loved by so, so many. Very Heartbreaking to All left behind. Jan watch over your family/friends the best you are able, and Keep an good eye on Connie, Your BestSister Friend....Rest in Peace, Dolly!!!! Carolyn, and Renee Gunther..xoxoxoxo

Posted by carolyn gunther - Saugus, MA - Family Friend   February 25, 2020

Al:
Sorry for loss. May she RIP, and I'm sure she will be looking over you and your family.

Bob

Posted by Bob Russo - North Reading, MA - Friend   February 25, 2020

There are no words to express how deeply saddened we are.. Our Love, and prayers are with you all... Until we meet again Janice Rest in Peace....... Much Love, Eddie &Linda

Posted by LINDA HELEIN - BURLINGTON, MA   February 25, 2020

My heart is broken and torn apart. I loved my Janice like a sister. We met in kindergarten and became as close as sisters could ever be. I was her jester and she was my cheerleader. We told each other how much we loved each other over these past three months and as I write this with tears in my eyes, I need to tell you I love you, and will miss you every day...until we meet again
Connie

Posted by Connie OConnor - Melrose - Friend   February 24, 2020

I have been trying to write a message for awhile now,every time i do the tears begin ,you were so Beautiful in every way you married my brother years ago and i gained a sister we never had any differences or arguments what so ever ,you were always so friendly and easy to talk to ,i am nissing you so much i can not believe you are no longer with us ,but i know you are at peace and are now with the many others we have lost too soon ,love you and miss you always .

Posted by Sharon King - tewksbury, MA - Family Friend   February 24, 2020

My mom was very good friends with her and she also cared about me as well. Rest in peace Janice Helein.

Posted by James Allen - Lowell, MA - Family   February 24, 2020

Janice was very popular in high school for good cause. She was pretty, a cheerleader and very outgoing. What I'll always remember about her, though, was that he popularity never went to her head. She was genuinely nice person, to everyone. That never changed over the years. It was probably 50 years since I saw her and when I did she greeted me like it was only a few days. I'm so sorry.

Posted by Bill Barringer - North Reading, MA - Friend   February 24, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Helein family during this time. We have so many fond memories of Janice's welcoming smile and demeanor as well as the love and pride that she always showed for her dear family and friends. May the memories of all of the wonderful times you've shared through the years comfort you now.

Posted by Tara & Jason Robillard - Rowley, MA   February 24, 2020

Dear Helein Family,
Your mother was one of the great ones. She was kind, compassionate and funny. I will miss our regular catch-ups when I brought my kids to the doctor's office. I am sure she and I spent more time chatting about our families than anything else during those appointments. She was so so very proud of her children and grandchildren. Sending love and prayers to you all.
-Kristen & Brian Crovo

Posted by Kristen & Brian Crovo - Melrose, MA - Friend   February 24, 2020

To Gina, Jen, and family- so sorry for your loss- May the memories you have fill your heart- thinking of you all at this difficult time

Posted by Deanna Wolf - Family Friend   February 24, 2020

To know her was to love her. I have been lucky enough to know Janice for more than half my life. She was a hot ticket with a love of fun, family and of course, her girlfriends. Jenn, Gina and the rest of Helein family - thinking of you all during this time XOXO.

Posted by Rosanna Pascuccio Fogarty - Melrose, MA - Friend   February 24, 2020

My heart is broken. You have always been a ray of sunshine here on earth, and I'm sure there was a place prepared for you in heaven right next to you dear friend Janice. Rest in peace friend.

Posted by Angela Biggie - Revere, MA - Friend   February 23, 2020

My heart is broken. You have always been a ray of sunshine here on earth, and I'm sure there was a place prepared for you in heaven right next to you dear friend Janice. Rest in peace friend.

Posted by Angela Biggie - Revere, MA - Friend   February 23, 2020

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   February 23, 2020


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