In Loving Memory of Helen Hughes Hamm

April 02, 1942
New York, New York
February 03, 2018
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Wednesday, 4-8 PM

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

February 07, 2018


Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Mass of Christian Burial

545 Stratfield Road (RT 59),
CT 06825

Thursday, February 8, 2018 11:00 AM


Family Gathering


St Jude's Children's Hospital

501 St. Jude Place,
TN 38105

Helen Hughes Hamm

Helen H. Hamm, age 75, of Fairfield, beloved wife of Robert E. Hamm and a dedicated educator for much of her adult life, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Smilow Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Born in New York City and raised in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Ellen Hughes. She had been a Fairfield resident for the past 48 years. Helen graduated from Stamford High School, received a B.A. degree from Danbury State Teachers College and a Masters degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport.
She began her teaching career in Greenwich where she worked for five years then taught in the Fairfield school system for 25 years, teaching primarily first grade at Stratfield Elementary School.
Following her retirement Helen taught part-time at Trinity Episcopal Nursery School. She served as secretary of the Retired Educators of Fairfield (REF) since 2012.
Helen was an active parishioner for many years at Our Lady of the Assumption Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and sang in the Resurrection Choir. Earlier, she was a member of Assumption’s Emmaus community and served as editor of its Good News Letter.
Helen was a loyal and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her deep faith was important to her, and she will be fondly remembered as an educator and nurturer who loved spending time with children. She would often look after former students, many of whom still reach out to her to this day.
Survivors in addition to Robert, her loving husband of over 50 years, are two beloved sons, Douglas Hamm and Rebecca Siwicki of Stamford and Gregory Hamm and his wife, Catherine, and their daughter, Katelyn, of Boston; and her devoted sister and best friend, Johanna Hughes of Fairfield.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield. Interment will be private. Friends may call Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.
For information or to offer condolences, visit In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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14 Guestbook Entries for Helen Hughes Hamm

  1. Prayers and fond memories are what I remember most of Helen, when we served as Eucharistic ministers at Our Lady of the Assumption Church . My most heartfelt condolences to her family.

  2. My deepest sympathy for the loss of an amazing woman and friend. Our loss is heavens gain. My thoughts and prayers are with her entire family.

  3. Helen was a wonderful person I will remember all of ours days together at stratified school . I learned a lot from you and you will be missed.

  4. We remember Helen as a sweet, caring, beautiful woman who we loved like a sister. We have so many fond memories of her. We loved all the stories that she would share about the children who she taught during her career. We will miss you and your enchanting smile, Helen!
    With love and friendship,
    Joe & Lorraine Sabol

  5. Bob, Johanna, Doug & Greg. We were all sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She was a good friend and the best neighbor that we could ever ask for. We will miss her dearly. Our condolences to all of you and the rest of your families. We will keep her in our thoughts and prayers and be inspired by the life that she lead.

  6. We were so saddened to hear of the passing of one of the sweetest, kindest, most nurturing teachers our children ever had. Our son learned to read, write and lay the foundation for a very successful academic career due in no small part to his time in the warm embrace of Mrs. Hamm’s classroom. What an honor it was to have had her in our family’s life. She will be missed terribly.

  7. Helen was a gift. I was so fortunate to work with her early in my career, many moons ago. She nurtured children and colleagues alike. While she brought laughter and fun along with her smile, she made others feel cared about above all else. The fun times of her staff party skits remain in our memories but the feelings of being around her are forever in our hearts. Few individuals can go through life with such joy and concern for others. She worked tirelessly yet her love and support for us seemed effortless. I am so sorry for your loss.

  8. Our three children all had the good fortune of having Mrs. Hamm for their first grade teacher.

    What we remember most about Mrs. Hamm was her great sense of humor!

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Nathan, Ella, Hannah, Jonathan and Rebecca Silver

  9. I am so very sorry to hear of the great loss in your family. I went to Stamford High School and Danbury State College with Helen and remember her being a great student, always smiling, and friend to all. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
    With love,
    Lucille Sabia

  10. Dear Johanna,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your sister, Helen. I remember her well when you, “good buddy, Judy Anderson and I would pal around. I knew you and Helen were good friends. “A Life Filled with Love is a Life Well Lived.” That quote certainly applies to your sister.
    My thoughts are with you.

  11. Helen was a dear friend for more than 40 years, and she touched my life in many ways. Helen was the nurturing, supportive first-grade teacher for Alexis, the youngest of our three daughters. More recently, she was the loving babysitter for our two grandsons, Luke and Patrick, and occasionally for granddaughter Lauren. The Hamms and Harrisons experienced Marriage Encounter together, and shortly thereafter, Emmaus at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. And throughout these past four decades we were among the four couples who celebrated birthdays together. Helen, I feel blessed by your loving friendship. RIP, sweet lady.

  12. My beloved cousin. I will miss you and cherish your memory so much words can’t say. Love and huge hugs Helen. God Bless. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx