portrait picture for Helen Fabrizio Roach

Wake: Friends may call from 4 – 8 PM on Tuesday, June 11th at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 AM in St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk. Burial: Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk. Donations: In lieu of flowers, contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org/donate).

Helen Fabrizio Roach


July 12, 1923 - June 7, 2013

Helen Fabrizio Roach of Norwalk, 89, passed away on Friday, June 7th, 2013 at Norwalk Hospital. Born on July 12, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Catherine Caccio Fabrizio.

Helen was the proud owner of Norwalk Safe driving school, founded in 1947, and continued teaching driving for over 50 years. She was the first female driving instructor in the state of Connecticut. Helen was also the first female to attend Cristio in the state of CT in the Spanish language. She then was instrumental in translating the program into the English language.

Helen is survived by her only son Edward James Roach and his wife Patricia, by her brother Leonardo Ferrara and his wife Betty and by her three grandchildren James Edward Roach, Kimberly Ann Bedini and Timothy Brian Roach; great grandchildren James Tyler Roach, Alec Francis Bedini, Lauren Marie Roach and Alexa Danielle Bedini as well as by her step-grandchild Carrie, Isadoro and Jessica Aviles and step-great-grandchildren, Joey Justin and Jalissa Aviles. She was predeceased by her siblings Phyllis, Philip, James and Mildred.

Friends may call from 4 – 8 PM on Tuesday, June 11th at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 AM in St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk. Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org/donate).

  1. Helen, God opened the gates of heaven for you. You are a saint and were one on earth. A wonderful lady, you taught all our children to drive and were always there. God won and we lost a beautiful lady. You will be missed.

    June 10, 2013
    tHE tESAURO FAMILY -
  • What a wonderful human being she will be missed.

    June 10, 2013
    diana b -
  • Rest in Peace Helen, you were such a wonderful and good hearted person. I still remember our driving lessons 🙂 My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, what a sweet lady, she will be sadly missed.

    June 10, 2013
    Angela Talarico Fioretti -
  • No only you teach me how to drive,you teach me a don’t be scare .you are a wonderful human be a never meet.R.I.P Mrs Roach you be always in my heart.

    June 11, 2013
    Elizabeth Colon -
  • I had the great pleasure and privilege to serve as a chaplain for Helen when she was hospitalized in the last few months. Her Christian faith was truly inspirational to me and others who cared for her. I am honored to have known her a little and to receive her gifts of strong belief and trust in God. Sorry I couldn’t make it to the services for her. Thank you Helen! You are with the angels rejoicing around the throne! May Love reign!

    June 12, 2013
    Steve Pond -
  • My five siblings and I all had the good fortune of being taught how to drive by Helen, way back when we were teenagers in the 70s and 80s. What a grand experience, how liberating, to learn how to drive! Helen was the epitomy of a teacher, so wise and calm and convinced us that we could do it! We will always remember her with much love, and know that she made a real impact in the world, with her nuturing love and faith in people and in God.

    June 14, 2013
    Rebecca Seymour Sweeney -
  • I Just found out of Helen Passing,when I was in Norwalk,Ct a good friend and I had the honor to attend church services with her every Sunday and then Afterwards we would go out for a Steak. I moved back to Milwaukee,Wis 5 year ago from Norwalk,Ct then I loss touch with her. I am sorry we loss contact, what a wonderful person and so very caring, she loved Jesus very much. Norwalk loss a great person. I know Helen is up there with god.

    June 21, 2014
    Tony G -
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