West Newton, MA — Helen S. Kalivas, formerly of Haverhill, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loved ones, on May 22, 2013. She was born the youngest of three children to Nicholas and Eva (Ducacaros) Kalivas in Haverhill. Helen graduated from Haverhill High School, and earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees from Boston University. Helen became an exemplary teacher, and brought American History to life for students at Falmouth, Beverly, Whitman, and Newton High Schools during her career. She loved to teach and was a truly beloved teacher. She was first a teacher and then a friend to each student. They came to her with their problems. She listened. She saw the future of our country in each student, and knew our country would survive. Helen so positively impacted her students that many of them kept in touch with her for decades. Helen loved to travel, and had an abiding curiosity and interest in everyone and everything around her. She was known for her magical green thumb. Her love for her niece, grandnieces, and great-grandnephews was boundless. The world was brighter when Helen smiled.
Helen was predeceased by her parents; her older sister, Thelma Economos; and her brother, Arthur Kalivas. She is survived by her niece, Sandra E. Hawrylo of Morristown, N.J.; god-daughter, Christina Eve O’Sullivan and her husband, James, of Mountain View, Calif.; niece, Elizabeth Anne Hawrylo and fiancé, Dez Fiedler, of San Francisco, Calif.; great-grandnephews, Nicholas and Lucas O’Sullivan; sister-in-law, Helen Kalivas of Dracut; and her most cherished best friend of almost 60 years, Dolores Manzi of Newton, Mass.
The family extends their thanks to all Helen’s loving caregivers.
ARRANGEMENTS: At Helen's request, funeral services and visitation were privately held on Saturday, May 25, at the Holy Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 154 Winter St., Haverhill, and the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. Interment followed in the Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Helen’s honor may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences to her family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.