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Helen R. Slutsky

March 6, 1931 ~ July 24, 2022 (age 91)

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Helen Roslyn Slutsky (Cohen), died on July 24, 2022. Helen was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 6, 1931.  She was the daughter of Sarah and Ben Cohen. The family moved from New York City to Cortland, NY in 1930’s. Helen attended Cortland High School and graduated in 1947. She was an active member of the marching band as a twirler. Helen was an accomplished swimmer; she was a Sea Scout and taught swimming.

After high school, Helen attended Syracuse University as an English major. At a congregation hosted breakfast for new students of Cortland State she met her future husband, Herbert Slutsky, and the romance began.  Helen completed her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, while Herb was in the Army in Korea.  During Herb’s Christmas furlough, Herb and Helen became engaged and were married in March 1952, after which Herb was deployed for 14 months.  Herb and Helen eventually had two children, Julie and Bob.

In 1960, they settled in Roslyn, New York, where Helen taught first grade at the Roslyn Elementary School for 29 years.  In 1970, the family took a six-week camping trip, visiting National Parks across the country.  Herb and Helen took a second trip, where eventually they visited all 50 states.  In 1987, Herb and Helen moved to Southbury, Connecticut after their retirement.  They resided in Heritage Village and afterwards at Pomperaug Woods.

Helen loved cooking, bridge, mah jong, reading and golf.  She loved spending time with her family.  She was a longtime active member of B’Nai Israel in Southbury.

 Helen leaves her husband of over 70 years Herb Slutsky. Her daughter Julie (Terry) of Clinton and a son, Bob (Judy) of North Carolina . Helen leaves five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents, her brother Stan and her sister Barbara.

She will be missed by the many students whose lives she touched as well as by her loving family who will forever keep her in their hearts.

 Services will be private at the Connecticut Veterans Cemetery, Middletown . To leave an online condolence please visit

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