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Helen Pingel

March 30, 2022


Helen Marie Pingel, 94, of San Jose, passed away on March 30, 2022 of natural causes.

Helen was born on January 13, 1928 to Henry and Rita Farrell in Chelsea, Massachusetts.  She had two older siblings, Margaret and John.

On August 24, 1947, Helen married the love of her life, William (Bill) Pingel, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Chelsea, Massachusetts.  Then on August 23, 1950, Helen and Bill brought there only child into their world, with the birth of there son, William, Jr. (Billy).  During their marriage, Helen, Bill and Billy moved from Massachusetts, to Southern California, where they lived until 1968, when they relocated to San Jose, California.

Sadly, Helen’s heart was broken when she lost Bill on August 28,1992, to cancer.  Then on November 14, 2015, her heart was again broken, when Billy passed away, due to complications from a lung infection. Helen also, survived her sister and brother earlier in her life. 

During her life, Helen was graceful and loving in all of her family relationships, including as wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt to so many nieces (10) and nephews (11), and many more great nieces and great nephews.

She also maintained life-long friendships with so many friends.  The longest relationship, about which she often spoke, was that of an 87 years-long friendship to Lillian (Burke) Pingel, who was also married Bill’s younger brother, Richard. 

Helen leaves behind, nieces Barbara Rizzo, Margaret Chamberlain, Stephanie De Augustine, Carolyn Johnson, Kathy Pennington, Cynthia Austin, Deborah Wickes, and Barbara Hawks; and nephews Dennis Farrell, George Chamberlain, Douglas Pingel, Chris Pingel, Vincent Pingel and James Pingel.

Services will be held at Chapel of the Hills Mortuary in Los Gatos, California on April 13, 2022 at 11:00 am, followed by a graveside service at Los Gatos Memorial Park, where she will be laid to rest with her husband, William Pingel.

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Funeral Service
April 13, 2022

11:00 AM
Darling & Fischer Chapel of the Hills
615 North Santa Cruz Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030

Graveside Service
April 13, 2022

12:30 PM
Los Gatos Memorial Park
2255 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd.
San Jose, CA 95124

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