Helen McClain passed away peacefully at her home in Yonkers, NY on October 4th, 2023, with loving family by her side. She was 89.
Helen was born in Pittston PA in 1933, to Helen and Joseph Walsh. She had many fond memories of her childhood in Pittston, where she grew up with a brother and four sisters. After her graduation from high school, Helen followed her older sister to Yonkers NY, where she became a Licensed Practical Nurse and was a member of the nursing staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Nursing Home for many years.
While working in the Emergency Room during Helen’s early days at St. Joseph’s, fate brought her together with Walter McClain, a patrolman in the Yonkers Police Department, who was at the hospital on police business. Helen and Walter soon realized this was meant to be, and they were happily married for 55 years until Walter pre-deceased Helen in 2012. Together they had three children (Jean, and husband Joseph Morano; Ann and husband Edward Siems; and Walter), three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and 5 step great-grandchildren, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Helen is also survived by her beloved siblings; brother Joseph Walsh and her three sisters: Sr. Ann Marie Walsh, Joan Brennan, and Mary Obzansky. Her sister Jean Walsh predeceased her in 2019.
Helen was a gentle soul with an incredible inner strength. She was known for her caring and kindness which made her well suited for the work she did, and which benefitted so many patients who were fortunate to be cared for by her at St. Joseph’s. She thoroughly enjoyed her work but her greatest joy came from her family. She loved unconditionally, and was always there for any family member who needed her; selflessly putting the needs of others above those of herself. Her inner strength allowed her to persevere through challenges that others might find insurmountable, and she did so with tremendous grace and dignity.
Following her retirement, Helen continued to volunteer at St. Joseph’s and also served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary’s church, where she had been a parishioner since 1955. She enjoyed having free time to spend with her children and grandchildren watching favorite movies such as The Sound of Music, and playing Bingo. We have so many cherished memories, and will miss her dearly.