In Memory Of

Brugman, Helena M. O'Byrne who passed away on 5/19/2022 at the age of 97

Helena M. Brugman November 28, 1924 - May 19, 2022 Bend, OR

Helena M. Brugman, 97, was born in Lynn, MA, on November 28, 1924 as the eldest child to her parents, Rose and Walter O'Byrne. She graduated from English High School in Lynn, and attended nursing school at Lynn Hospital and Boston University to obtained her RN degree.
At the age of 22, she entered in the US Navy as an Ensign. After Officer's School, she was stationed at Philadelphia Naval Hospital to the Nurses Corps. On her 23rd birthday, she married her Husband, Arthur, who was patient and wooed her over Philadelphia hoagies. Arthur worked at the same hospital, and he was in the Medical Service Corp.
Helena was also known to many family and friends as Helen or Obie. She was a loving wife, mom, nana and grammy. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, John (May), and many family and friends.
She will be missed by her sons Paul and his wife Cathy, and Michael and his daughter, Joy, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and extended family and friends.
Helena passed peacefully going home to the Lord while at her residence in Bend, Oregon, with her daughter as her caretaker by her side, on May 19, 2022. She was a San Diego resident for 48 years.
She will be interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery with her husband, CDR. Arthur P. Brugman Sr., USN Retired. There are no services planned.
In Lieu of Flowers, please donate to any Veterans charities, St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, Alzheimer's Association, or Partners in Care Hospice of Bend. Please visit the online registry for the family at