Helen Weiser, 97

Helen (Musmeci) Weiser, 97, of Hull, died peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 15th at Alliance Health at Marie Esther Nursing Home in Marlborough, MA. She was born to the late Charles and Nancy [Deletoso] Musmeci, June 16, 1926, in Dorchester, MA.

Helen Weiser

Helen graduated from Dorchester High for Girls in 1943. Helen went on to work for an insurance agency in Boston immediately after high school. She then worked for the FBI as a stenographer under J. Edgar Hoover. When her six children were all in school, she returned to work as a Sales Support Specialist at Westinghouse in Framingham MA, where she later retired. Helen loved to serve her community. She began her community involvement as early as advocating for the League of Women Voters while living in Framingham and her children were young. Helen went on to serve as the president of the Simpson Park Garden Club in Framingham before permanently moving to Hull. There, she took on the role of president in the Hull Garden Club and held various positions within the club and the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. She played a key role in establishing the Hull Vietnam War Memorial dedication and the Blue Star Memorial for veterans. As the president of the Hull Friends of the Library, she was a driving force behind the promotion and enhancement of library programs including Books in Bloom, the Library Lecture Series and a scholarship that now bears her name. Her gardening column, “News Sprouts,” was featured in the Hull Times for many years. Her impact on the town of Hull is evident in the traffic islands she nurtured with plants, the dedicated room in her name at the library, the school children at Jacob’s Elementary that she read to, and the individuals she assisted as a volunteer at Wellspring. She was always visible in the community as a member of the Hull Historical Society, Lifesaving Museum, The Red Hats, The Society of FBI Alumni Boston, and the Village Association. Her faith was the cornerstone of her life and she could be found at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Parish every Sunday. In 2014, the town of Hull honored her as a Hull Hero in recognition of her years of dedicated community service.

She is survived by daughters, Adrienne Garner [Wesley] of Goldsboro NC, and Gwenn O’Keefe [Michael] of Franklin; sons, Eric Weiser of Hull, Matthew Weiser of Lebanon ME, and Kurt Weiser [Erica] of Waxhaw NC; daughter-in-law Peggy Weiser of Tewksbury. She is also survived by her 20 grandchildren: Leah Sisco [Glenn] of Whitman, Matthew Weiser [Katherine] of Puerto Rico, Anthony Garner [Kristen] of Goldsboro NC, Kurt and Kerry Garner of Greenville NC, Alexander Garner [Amanda] of Ann Arbor MI, Patrick Weiser of Poughquag NY, Laura Rowitsch [Zach] of Tewksbury, Olivia, Jake, Sam, Annabelle, Luke, Eleanor, and Ruth Weiser of Maine, Erika Weiser of Salem, Nicholas Santucci of Winter Park FL, Alexsis Weiser of Hull, and Jackson and Lola Weiser of Waxhaw NC; and 11 great-grandchildren: Amari, A. J., and Mia Sisco of Whitman, Liam and Hadley Garner of Goldsboro NC, Charlotte, Nikolai, and Penelope Rowitsch of Tewksbury, Tenley and Michael Weiser of Puerto Rico, and Abel Weiser of New York. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Anne Musmeci of Hull, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years William Weiser; son Thomas Weiser; brothers Richard Musmeci and Charles Musmeci Monte and; sisters Nancy Musmeci and Mary Kosak.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Aug. 25th at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Parish, 208 Samoset Ave, Hull. Burial will be in the Bourne National Veterans’ Cemetery the same day at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to The Friends of the Hull Public Library, P.O. Box 894, Hull, MA 02045 or The Hull Garden Club, P.O. Box 27, Hull MA 02045.

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