Viewing:Thursday, June 11, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, in Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT.Service:Thursday, June 11, at 11:00 AM in the Collins Funeral Home.Interment:1:00 PM at Mount Hope Cemetery, 50 Jackson Avenue, Hastings on the Hudson, NY.

Helen Elizabeth Shields


October 8, 1928 ~ June 5, 2015

Helen Elizabeth Shields, 86, wife of the late Robert T. Shields, longtime resident of Norwalk CT, passed away on June 5th, 2015 at Courville Nursing Home in Nashua, NH.

Born October 8th, 1928, in Yonkers, New York, she was the daughter of the late August and Bertha Petersen Dietzel.

Helen retired from Nestle Foods and enjoyed traveling and having adventures. She delighted in any opportunity for an adrenaline rush- especially if it included chocolate, shopping, hot-air balloons, simulated skydiving , or roller-coasters.

Left to cherish her memory is one sister-in-law: Barbara Dietzel of Debary, FL; Nieces Kathy Vitaliani Estrella of Nutley, NJ; Donna Vitaliani Kilbride of Newburgh, NY; Darlene Vitialiani Cohen of Clarks Summit, PA; Diane Dietzel Hundley and husband Glenn of Debary, FL; Debbie Dietzel Bohannan and husband Randy of Merrimack, NH; and Nephew David Vitaliani and wife Laura of Pine Bush, NY.

In addition to her husband Robert, Helen was predeceased by her brother Harold E. Dietzel, sister Dorothy E. Vitaliani and brother-in-law Anthony Vitaliani.

Friends may call Thursday, June 11th, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Services will be held Thursday at 11:00 AM in the funeral home. Interment will follow at 1:00 PM at Mount Hope Cemetery, 50 Jackson Avenue, Hastings on the Hudson, NY.

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