In Memory Of

Blakeslee, Helen who passed away on 5/20/2008 at the age of 81

Helen McGorry Blakeslee, 81, of Glendale, AZ passed away May 20, 2008. She was born in Brooklyn, NY to Edward and Ellen McGorry. Helen attended Ladycliffe College where she received her B.S. in Biology; she then attended the College of Mt. St. Vincent, where she received her nursing degree. Helen honorably served her country in the U.S. Navy earning the rank of Lt. JG. She then moved with her husband to New Haven, CT where she worked as a Registered Nurse at (Grace)Yale New Haven Hospital and VA Medical Center, West Haven, CT. While working full time and raising a family, Helen went back to school at Southern Connecticut State University and received her Master's degree in Education. In 1987 they moved to Arizona. Helen was instrumental in establishing medical ethics board to the Veteran's Hospital in Phoenix and West Haven. She is predeceased by her husband, Donald R. Blakeslee and sister, Joanne Wolter. Helen is survived by her children, Nina F. Draffen, Kevin D. Blakeslee, Marylou Blakeslee, Brendan M. Blakeslee and Daniel R. Blakeslee; sister, Margaret Mary Algermissen; four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Visitation will be held from 11AM-1PM, Tuesday May 27, 2008 at Sunland Mortuary, 15826 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ, and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated following at 1:30PM at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 15800 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.