2012-06-16 / Obituaries

Helen Waite

Helen Waite, age 86 of Treasure Island, Florida and formerly of Harbor Hills, passed away May 20, 2012, in St. Petersburg, FL. She was born December 8, 1925, to Anna (Rifkin) and William Hanson in Brooklyn, New York.

Until about a month before her death, she was busy with her many circles of friends and organizations: the Sisterhood, Hebrew class/lunch buddies, and other activities at Temple Beth-El, her weekly beach-walk/ lunch buddies, the Yacht Club and its water aerobics group, the Sail and Tack group, and much more.

Blessedly, Helen was able to be independent almost to the end of her life, just as she wanted. After many, many procedures and tests and steady decline, she was very firm in her decision to decline exploratory surgery and transfer to Woodside Hospice in St. Petersburg, whose staff was incredibly caring and skilled.

Memorial donations would be appreciated for the Temple Beth-El or its Hebrew school or the Newark Campus of Ohio State University for its programs for non-traditional students. Helen returned to college in her 60s to become a Realtor, starting her own brokerage, Helen Waite Real Estate, with the much-remembered slogan: “If you want real estate, go to Helen Waite.”

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