Helen Bambauer


(July 19, 2007)

Helen Bambauer of Powell, 82, died Thursday evening, July 19, surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.

Born Dec. 21, 1924, to John and Anna Videyko in Harrison, N.J., Helen was the second of eight children. She graduated from nursing school as a registered nurse in 1946.

She served as a nurse at Fort Dix, N.J., during World War II where she met her future husband, John Bambauer. They were married May 12, 1947, and they relocated to Queens, N.Y., where she continued nursing at Wycoff Heights Hospital in Brooklyn.

Helen and John were the proud parents of two children, John and June. After 35 years of service, she retired and moved to Powell with her husband in 1981.

Helen was a loving wife, mother, sister, friend and grandmother who was a connoisseur of books, movies and Broadway plays.

Her family will remember her as a first class dresser with a fascination for anything leopard print and zebra-striped. She was a fantastic cook who made sure no one ever went hungry. Helen was the kind of person others strive to be.

Survivors include her children, June (Rick) Armstrong of Powell and John (Jacquelyn) Bambauer of Nanuet, N.Y.; her sisters, Jennie (Mal) Healy of St. Petersburg, Fla., Pauline Roman of East Newark, N.J., and Anna (Joe) Baum of Nuttley, N.J.; and five grandchildren, Tarna, Kayla and Tysen Armstrong, all of Powell, and John and Jackie Bambauer of Nanuet, N.Y. Helen also leaves behind countless friends whose lives have been touched by her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bambauer; her parents; her sister, Mary Eckenbrack; and brothers John Videyko, Joey Videyko and Michael Videyko.

Her family will remember her as a one-of-a-kind woman who will be loved and missed always.

No services are planned.