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Helen Wolfelsperger

d. January 14, 2024


Helen Wolfelsperger (nee Rickershauser), age 88, of Fairfield, NJ passed peacefully on January 14, 2024.  Growing up in North Arlington, NJ, she was raised in a close and loving home that included her late parents, Helen and Frederick Rickershauserher sister, the late Lorraine Rickershauser, as well as her maternal grandparents.  She attended Queen of Peace Church and graduated from Queen of Peace High School

Upon graduation from high school, she continued working at Prudential in Newark, NJ, where she had worked part time while in high school, and eventually became one of the few female supervisors in the company at the time.  She later worked in the legal field as a transcriptionist and, additionally, worked for Folex.

Helen married her longtime high school sweetheart, the late Robert Wolfelsperger, and enjoyed a long and loving marriage of 42 years, until his passing in 2001.  Newly married, the young couple moved “all the way out to the country” to Fairfield, NJ where they built a home and raised their five children. Through her nearly 65 years as a resident of Fairfield, Helen spent countless hours serving her community on the PTA and as a classroom parent at Stevenson School, assisting with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, ansupporting athletic and arts programs in both Fairfield and West Essex school districts.

Helen was a prolific and talented writer and poet and, also, had a beautiful singing voice. She loved her flowers and her garden, at one point having 76 rose bushes blooming in her yard.  She enjoyed day trips and entire summers spent at Point Pleasant Beach, which became a family tradition that remains, and she loved traveling and exploring new placesbut what she savored most was time with family.

A kind, caring and generous woman to all, Helen considered her family her top priority and loved those who loved her family, as well. She absolutely treasured each and every one of her fourteen grandchildren.  Through her actions and her words, she expressed love with a compassionate and open heartShe believed strongly in the importance of being present in the lives of her children and grandchildren and went to great lengths to encourage them and to show them her love and support.  And, while she frequently traveled to visit each of them, nothing pleased her more than tgather the whole family together and be surrounded by their love.

Left to cherish the memory of their beloved mother and grandmother, and to continue her legacy of love, are her childrenScott WolfelspergerBeth Bushell and husband, Ian; Tami Wolfelsperger and husband, Christopher Linton; David Wolfelsperger and wife, Shannon; and Lisa Wolfe and husband, Lorenz; along with her grandchildren:  Matthew, Nicholas, Vanessa and Sean BushellMadison, Olivia, Ava and Melina Linton; Ryan, Emma and Kayla Wolfelsperger; Bianca and Nidalia Wolfe and Ash Wolfelsperger.

A Celebration of Helen’s Life will be held at the Ippolito-Stellato Funeral Home, 7 Two Bridges Road in Fairfield, NJ on Saturday, March 23 from 4:00-6:00 pmbeginning with a service from 4:00-4:30.  Visitors are encouraged to dress in pink or other spring colors.  

Flowers are welcome, as are donations made to The National Federation of the Blind to help those with vision loss and blindness live a full life confidently and thrive independently, a cause close to Helen's heart.


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