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Helene (Rattner) Pesin

November 22, 1931 ~ July 18, 2019 (age 87)


Southbury- Helene (Rattner) Pesin, 87, wife of the late Edward Pesin, passed away peacefully at her home in Heritage Village surrounded by her family.

Helene was born in 1931 in Bronx New York to Joseph and Ella (Braun) Rattner. After growing up in New Rochelle, N.Y. where she graduated valedictorian of her high school class, she attended Bennington College in Vermont and earned a B.A. degree in Fine Arts.  Around that time, she married Edward Pesin, a prominent New Jersey estate and tax attorney. For over fifty years, they resided in North Bergen, N.J. where Helene worked as a commercial real estate broker and as a paralegal in her husband’s law practice while raising their two children. She remained in N.J. until Edwards passing after 57 wonderful years of marriage together.

Helene had a keen sense of humor, loved to talk politics, was a staunch supporter of Israel, and would do anything for her family. She used her artistic talents to fill the walls of her house with original oil paintings she created. She traveled extensively in her youth and was proud to continue the adventures with her family to Israel, Greece, Italy, France, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, as well as most of the US National Parks. Helene adored her granddaughters and was thrilled to become a great-grandmother seven years ago.

Helene is survived by her son Dr. Samuel Pesin and his wife Donna, her granddaughter Elyssa Kotzen and her husband Jeff, her granddaughter Jennifer Castaline and her husband Dan, her granddaughter Libby Bergier-Pesin, her great-granddaughters Skylar and Sydney Kotzen, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Ella Pesin, and her brother, Allan Rattner.

Services were private. 

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