Helen C. DePaiva
Helen C. DePaiva
  • January 22, 1930 - June 5, 2017
  • Winter Garden, Florida

Share This Obituary

Helen Cameli DePaiva, 87

Helen passed away peacefully June 5, 2017. She was with her family. Helen was born January 22, 1930, in Waterford, New York to Alessandro and Mary Grace Vozey. She was one of six first generation Americans born to proud Italian immigrants via an “old country“ arranged marriage. She grew up in upstate New York. She worked for the state DMV and was very active in her community. She met her husband to be Al DePaiva at a dance she helped organize for the students attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. They were married in 1951 and settled down in Bethesda, Maryland where Al worked at Martin Marietta. They also started a family having their first child. In 1958 they moved to Orlando, Florida where Martin Marietta was opening a new plant. They both worked for Martin but Helen decided to stay home to raise not only the first child but the additional four they had while living in Pine Hills. She retired from the Orange County School system after working many years with special needs children. She was also a Licensed Realtor. Helen was active in the community in the area as well, being a member of the Welcome Wagon, Knights of Columbus, VFW, and the Moose Lodge. She was a volunteer coach for volleyball and softball at the Walsie Ward Girl’s club in Pine Hills for many years too. She enjoyed bowling, camping, playing Bridge/card games and spending time with family. After Helen and Al retired, they toured Europe and visited Helen's relatives in Italy. They took many cruises to Alaska, Panama and the Caribbean. They were part of the Daytona Yacht club and a camping club which camped all over Florida. She was preceded in death by her Father, Mother, 1st Daughter Cindy and all of her siblings except her youngest sister. She is survived by four children: Stephen (Crystal) DePaiva, Lisa (Duane) Cochenour, Dwayne (Cristine – fiance) DePaiva and Peter (Kim) DePaiva. Nine grand children: Michael, Kenny, Tony, Jessica, Savannah, Danny, Nicholas, Mary and Hanna. One great grandchild: Nathaniel. Sister: Rose Nolan. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Resurrection Catholic Church 1211 Winter Garden Vineland Rd. Winter Garden, Fl 34787 or The Mike Conley Hospice house - Cornerstone Hospice, 2100 Oakley Seaver Dr, Clermont Fl 34711.