James R. Gray Funeral Home
1530 Buffalo Rd. Rochester, NY 14624



Epstein (Fine), Helen Fay

 February 7, 1932 - July 8, 2018

Rochester—Helen passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends July 8, 2018 at the age of 86. Predeceased by her husband Alfred M. Epstein, her parents Harry and Tillie Fine, and her brother Theodore Fine. Survived by daughters Tammy Epstein, Marilyn Epstein (Todd Fisher), honorary daughter Sunday Arena, honorary son Michael Smith (Larry Tyler), and many dear friends.

Helen grew up in Rochester, graduating from Franklin High School and was a teacher’s aide for several Rochester city schools, a home health aide for Unlimited Care, and a retired housekeeper of many years at the Al Sigl Center.

Helen was a devoted mother who loved her daughters more than anything in the world. She worked hard to provide for them and also welcomed neighborhood kids and elderly neighbors into her home for food and shelter. Her door was always open to anyone in need.

In later years her daughters took care of Helenwhen she battled illness. Theirs was a special bond of love and devotion for family.  In recent years Helen’s family unit expanded to include the families and residents of St. Ann’s Community. Special thanks goes out to the wonderful staff of St. Ann’s Community for their compassionate care for Helen in her recent years. 

No prior calling. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery, 2650 Lake Ave., Rochester. (Please meet at the front gate at 10:15 a.m.)

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