Helaine Agatha Vecchio, 87, known throughout her life as “Poppy,” died Oct. 21, 2016, at her home in Green Valley, Ariz.
She was born Aug. 27, 1929. She grew up in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood, the daughter of Elsie and Oscar Bjorndahl, DDS. She attended Murray High School and the University of Minnesota, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She spent her career as an occupational therapist.
Helaine is survived by her children, Karen, Claudia and Ted; sister, Nancy Bjorndahl; and five grandchildren.
Celebration of Life tributes were held in Green Valley on Nov. 6 and will be held at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ on Dec. 3 at 11 a.m.