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Helen P. Schulte
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Cobleskill Regional Hospital
    178 Grandview Drive
    Cobleskill, NY 12043

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“I'm slow to hear about Helen's passing. I was getting ready to send out Christmas greetings and thought I would do a quick Google search to see if...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Lindi Hight - Manhattan, KS

“I am so sorry to learn of Helen's passing and that I missed the services. I have many wonderful memories...especially as a teenager spending...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Ann Wollaber-Bryan - NY

“So sorry to hear about Helen's passing. She was a special lady, spreading smiles wherever she went. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Rose Surman - Cobleskill, NY

“'One of a kind"! The bus trips with Helen and Mary will forever be a bright spot in our memories. I will always remember her motto, "Life is a...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Bev & Hal Buddle - Cobleskill, NY

“Nancy and Dave --- Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Vicki DeNinno - Oppenheim, NY

“Nancy and Dave, I am so sorry for your loss. While I only met your Mom on one occasion, it was obvious that she was a very graceful and lovely person...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Dan Richardson - Johnstown, NY

“I'm sincerely saddened to hear of Helen's passing. She as a wonderful person and an assist to the community. She will be greatly missed but at least...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Christine Wick - Howes Cave, NY

“I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom, I remember her being so kind and sweet to me when we were kids. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Irene Dooley - Bronx, NY

“Another angel in heaven! My thoughts and preys go out to Helen's family at this sad time. Helen was one special lady! She will be dreary missed....Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Peggi Flemming - Cobleskill, NY

“My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. Helen was a very special person and she always had a smile for you. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Elizabeth Gaylor - Richmondville, NY

“Helen was such a special woman and I am so glad I got to be one of her caregivers starting this summer. I never forgot how she let my husband and I...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Loretta Trafton - Cobleskill, NY


Cobleskill- Helen P. Schulte, 88, of Cobleskill, passed away on September 24, 2013 with her loving family and devoted caregivers at her side.

Helen was born on May 19, 1925 in Cobleskill. She was the daughter of Ray and Bernice Pollard. She graduated from Cobleskill Central School and attended SUNY Oneonta.

Helen married Lambertus (Bert) Schulte on September 15, 1945 and they were lifelong residents of Cobleskill. Helen will be remembered for her wit and sense of humor and adventure. She adored children and was the local "pied "piper" wherever she went, as children would surely gather around her, for her wonderful smiles as much as for her never-ending bag of Tootsie Pops. Helen became everyone's "Grandma" and to her family nicknames such as "Polly", "Birdy", "G and G", and Happy Cake" bring wonderful memories of an amazing woman.

Helen loved family gatherings, music, parties, good friends, and "camp", where she and Bert spent 50 years of wonderful summers with family and friends at Choke Cherry Lane at Sacandaga Reservoir. She never met a stranger as she would start talking to everyone she met and charm them with her curiosity and interest in others. Her chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies were famous.

Helen was secretary of Bert's construction business and she worked to keep his business running smoothly. For many years she also managed the Fairview apartments they owned on South Grand Street. Her tenants loved Helen, and knew she would make sure to put fresh flowers by the apartments and that any needs would be quickly met.

Helen was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Cobleskill and she also attended Christ the Shepard Lutheran Church. She was a past member of the Cobleskill Regional Hospital auxiliary. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Bert, on May 22 of this year. She was also predeceased by her siblings: Mary, Ray, and Charles and her granddaughter, Amy. She is survived by her children: Mary Beth Minson of Garwood, NJ; Dan Schulte (Carol) of Cobleskill; and Nancy DeSando (David) of Cobleskill. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Angie (Andy), Betsy (Carlos), Tim (Leinny), Christina and Jennifer (Steven) and eight great-grandchildren: Ali, Brody, Nikki, Dani, Joshua, Kira, Rebecca, and Elena.

A special thanks goes to the many devoted caregivers who cared for and became extended family to both Bert and Helen in the past two years: Tanya, Trisha, Lydia, Rosalie, Joanne, Tessie, Alesha, Loretta, Nanette, Amanda, Trish, Emma, Roxanne, and their homecare nurse, John. They made it possible for both Helen and Bert to live out their final days in the comfort of home.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill, with Rev. Royan Rodney. Family and friends are also invited to a period of visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 6 to 8PM. Burial will be in Cobleskill Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cobleskill Regional Hospital, 178 Grandview Drive, Cobleskill, NY 12043.