In Loving Memory of Helma Paetzold

May 27, 1921
Burglengenfeld, Germany
September 14, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Mass of Christian Burial

1719 Post Road,
Fairfield CT 06824

Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:00am


Oak Lawn Cemetery

1530 Bronson Road,
Fairfield CT 06824

September 21, 2019

Family Gathering


Connecticut Hospice

100 Double Beach Road,
Branford CT 06405

Charity of Choice in Helma's Memory

Helma Paetzold

Helma Maria Paetzold, age 98, of Fairfield, died on Saturday, September 14th 2019 at CT Hospice in Branford surrounded by her family. She was born in the town of Burglengenfeld, outside of Regensburg, Bavaria in 1921, to Heinrich and Maria (Frank) Tischler. She came to the US with her husband Karl in 1954 and settled in Whitestone, Queens, NY. She later moved to Fairfield with her husband and two children in 1967. Helma’s long life was filled with many chapters and adventures. Because of her flawless English, she was hired by the Americans stationed in Bavaria in 1946 to be an interpreter and translator accompanying American captains and colonels on many business trips across Germany. She and her husband later ran a successful bakery and café in Burglengenfeld until their move to America in 1954. Helma was a loving and beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an elegant woman who threw terrific parties and loved to entertain. She was kind and hospitable, an excellent cook, and always there to help family, friends, and neighbors. She ran an impeccable, welcoming household and was happiest being neat and tidy and admiring beautiful sunsets. After her children had grown, she worked in Roger Ludlowe’s bookroom, ordering and organizing books for the various departments. She retired in 1985 to raise her granddaughter while her daughter Carol and her husband went to work. She was a devoted Catholic and for over 30 years, sang in the St. Thomas Aquinas choir. In addition to her children, Carol Kochefko (Ron) of Trumbull, and William Paetzold (Laurie) of Glastonbury, she is survived by three dear grandchildren, Christine Higgins (Kevin), Haley Paetzold and William Paetzold, and great-grandson, Charlie Higgins. Her husband Karl and brother Heinz predeceased her. The family is grateful to CT Hospice of Branford and Dr. Gennino, and Dr. Forest of Stratford for their care and concern during Helma’s last days on earth. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10 AM meeting directly at St. Thomas Aquinas church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, or the charity of your choice. For information or to sign an online register, please visit

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  1. I remember Helma from when she ruled the bookroon at Ludlowe & I also used to see Helma at St. Thomas. The bookroon was always in perfect order with Helma finding everything we needed in very short order. Helma always took.a few minutes to take an interest in you also. She was indeed a very lovely woman. My deepest sympathy to you, Helma’s family, on your loss.

  2. Though we only met Helma once or twice, we got to know how wonderful she was through the loving eyes of her granddaughter Christie. Although she has now gone to heaven, she surely has left her legacy here on earth.

    May God hold you in the palm of His hand and comfort you with His everlasting love.

  3. My sincere sympathy to you all. I felt blessed to have know Dear Mrs. Paetzold and am very grateful for times with her. May she rest in peace. You are all in my thoughts and my heart.
    Maureen (Coakley)