CATO — Helen A. Weldon, daughter of the late James and Nellie (Tallman) Rood, passed away June 1, 2019.
She was born Jan. 3, 1929, five minutes after her twin sister, Ruth at her parents’ home in the town of Lee, N.Y.
She graduated from Cato-Meridian Central High School in 1946, and was accepted at Morrisville College, but chose not to go and was going to work to pay for her twin sister, Ruth to go to Oswego College.
She married the late Richard F. Weldon on Aug. 21, 1948.
She retired in 1992 after working 44 years at the Cato Show Printing Co., Cato, N.Y.
She joined Cato Star Chapter #234 OES on Nov. 11, 1948, and over the years held nearly all the appointed offices except color bearer, marshal, warder, and sentinel. She served as Worthy Matron four separate times, appointed Grand Representative of Michigan, near the Grand Chapter of New York for 1991, 1992, Grand Fraternal Correspondent in 2000. Cato Lodge #141 F. & A.M. honored her by presenting her the Dewitt-Clinton Award for outstanding community service. At the 2003 OES Grand Chapter Session, she was presented with the Elizabeth L. Pounder Award for exemplifying the Order’s missions of charity, truth, and loving kindness. In 2018, she was presented her 70-year membership pin by the M.W. Grand Matron. She also was a member of the Cato Citizens Club, and the La-Buff-Cole American Legion Aux #911.
Besides her parents and twin sister, she was predeceased by her sister, Jane Lyons; brothers, Henry and George Rood; grandson, Fay Barker; mother and father-in-law, Charlotte and Homer Weldon; three brothers-in-law and their wives, Edward (Dorothy), Robert (Virginia), and William (Jean) Weldon; and brother-in-law, Donald Sutton.
Surviving her are her daughters, Betty Jane Weldon, of Syracuse, and Lucinda Barker, of Syracuse; brother, William Rood (wife, Mona), of Abilene, Texas; two granddaughters, Michelle Rogers (husband, Don), of Rumford, R.I., and Tonya Curtis, of Syracuse; five great-grandchildren, Andrew Rogers, Matthew Rogers, Kristen Barker, Paul Curtis, and Ben Curtis; two great-great-granddaughters, Raelyn Wilcox and Lilliana Curtis; sister-in-law, Mary Rood, of Fulton, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Sally and Gordon Clarke, and Joyce Earl, of Cato.
Following her mother’s career of being a nurse, she has willed her body to research.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CIMVAC, 2496 West Main St., Cato, NY 13033, or a charity of your choice.
Calling hours will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Keysor-Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, Cato; an OES service will take place at 3 p.m., as well as a memorial service.