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Janice M. (Bontempo) Helein

Janice M. (Bontempo) Helein
  • February 13, 1946 - February 21, 2020
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, the Helein family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    501 St. Jude Place
    Memphis, TN 38105

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“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...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: John & Donna McAdam - Merrimac, MA

“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...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Chuck Olsen - Albuquerque, NM

“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...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Losanno - Clifton Park, NY

“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...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Terri Palmer - Haverhill, MA

“Our sincere sympathy to you and yours. Love, Joan & Bob Tufts ”
5 of 25 | Posted by: Joan & Bob Tufts

“Dear Al & Family,Please accept my sincere condolences. I will remember Janice in my prayers. Al, stay strong. Your friend, Joe O'Keefe ”
6 of 25 | Posted by: Joe O'Keefe - North Eastham, MA

“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...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Mary Halmkin - Spouse

“So very heartbroken for your loss.. Thinking of you all. Thoughts and prayers and lots of love. Maria and David Capachietti ”
8 of 25 | Posted by: maria capachietti - Lynnfield, MA

“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...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Maureen Zanelli - Braintree, MA

“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...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Maureen Zanelli - Braintree, MA

“We are so sorry for your loss. My children and grandchildren all were patients at Winchester pediatrics for the last forty years. Everyone loved...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Sheila Mcglynn - Medford, KY

“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....Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: carolyn gunther - Saugus, MA

“Al:Sorry for loss. May she RIP, and I'm sure she will be looking over you and your family.Bob ”
13 of 25 | Posted by: Bob Russo - North Reading, MA

“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..........Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: LINDA HELEIN - BURLINGTON, MA

“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...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Connie OConnor - Melrose - Friend

“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...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Sharon King - tewksbury, MA

“My mom was very good friends with her and she also cared about me as well. Rest in peace Janice Helein. ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: James Allen - Lowell, MA - Family

“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,...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Bill Barringer - North Reading, MA

“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...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Tara & Jason Robillard - Rowley, MA

“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...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Kristen & Brian Crovo - Melrose, MA

“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 ”
21 of 25 | Posted by: Deanna Wolf - Family Friend

“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...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Rosanna Pascuccio Fogarty - MA

“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...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Angela Biggie - Revere, MA

“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...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Angela Biggie - Revere, MA

“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....Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


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.