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In Memory of
Helena R. (Mehlhorn) Mccusker
March 18, 1932 - July 4, 2020

Helena Regina (Mehlhorn) McCusker, 88, passed away peacefully July 4, 2020 at her home in Westerville, OH. She joins her husband, Donald, parents Herbert and Helena Mehlhorn, brother Robert, sister Anne, and many relatives and friends in Heaven. Helena was a loving, kind, caring, thoughtful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend.

Helena grew up in Brunswick, ME and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1950. She loved high school and all her friends, she was fun and kind, and she participated in many activities including cheerleading and several clubs. She was flattered to be voted Most Popular in her senior year. Helenas parents had a cottage at Mere Point in Brunswick and she spent many summers there during her high school and college years. Helena also worked at Old Orchard Beach and Ogunquit in the summers and she enjoyed working and spending time there with co-workers and friends.

Helena graduated from the University of Maine, Orono in 1954 and was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She graduated with a major in Math and a minor in English, and she was proud of her first job at the Glenn L. Martin Company where she was a computer programmer and traveled to New York to work on their early, large computers. In college she met Donald McCusker of South Portland, ME. They were married in Brunswick in October 1954 and honeymooned in Niagara Falls. She and Donald had 6
children, 3 boys and 3 girls. During their marriage, they moved often for Donalds work as a test pilot, living in Baltimore, MD, Fullerton, CA, Westerville, OH and Brookings, SD. Their primary residence was the house they designed and had built in Lake of the Woods, Westerville, OH. Helena loved telling stories of her life in Maine, and would return each summer with her family to their cottage on Little Sebago to enjoy visiting with family and friends. When Donald was in an airplane accident in Greece, Helena traveled to Greece for several months to oversee his recovery and later worked with attorney Stuart M. Speiser on his book, The Deadly Sins of Aristotle Onassis, which describes their ordeal. Later
in life Donald developed Alzheimers, and Helena cared for him until his death in 2000.

Helena was a wonderful, caring, supportive, hands-on mother who gave her children the freedom to enjoy lots of activities, have several pets, and explore new adventures. She always enjoyed hearing from her children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. She was devoted to her family and loved getting together with family and friends to celebrate their birthdays, holidays and accomplishments. Over the years Helena worked outside the home at Hylen Souders Elementary School as a teacher/aide, at Genes Alterations as a seamstress and in the J.C. Penneys Credit Department. She also volunteered at various events and participated in the Red Hat Society. Later in life Helena was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease and she continued to focus on her abilities rather than the limitations.

Helena had a beautiful singing voice and loved to sing. She was also very creative throughout her life. She was an expert seamstress and sewed beautiful clothes and many formal dresses for her daughters. She sewed the eagle mascot costume for the local high school, costumes for her grandchildren, and beautiful dolls and dolls clothes, often winning prizes at local fairs and craft events. She created amazing cross stitch pictures, many beautiful knit and crocheted blankets, pretty colored pictures and she gave these as gifts that we can now remember her by. In her later years, at Christmas she created pencil
boxes filled with small gifts for her many grandchildren. Helena was an excellent cook and baker, creating many fun cakes for her children and baking dozens of amazing Christmas cookies enjoyed by family and neighbors.

Helena was smart, funny, creative and kind. She had many mottos that she lived by, the most recent being Be Creative, Enjoy Life. She was adored by her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed and always remembered.

Helena is survived by her brother, Dr. Herbert Mehlhorn of Portland, ME. Six grateful children: Karen (Roland) McCusker of Brunswick, ME; Mike McCusker of Westerville, OH; Tom (Mercy) McCuskerof San Antonio, TX; Mary (Todd) Fuller of Littleton, CO; Jean (Len) Schuman of Mesa, AZ; and John McCusker of Westerville, OH. Several grandchildren, Luke McCusker, Charlene McCusker, Darrel McCusker, Jason McCusker, Emma-Kate McCusker, Nicholas (Emily) Schuman, Rebecca Schuman, Jessica Schuman,
Amanda Schuman, a great grandchild (Nicholas/Emily) expected in January, and many nieces and nephews.

With respect to her wishes, a funeral service is not planned. However, we invite you to share memories/comments on the following web page through Moreland Funeral Home,
www.morelandfuneralhome.com and click on Obituaries.

In lieu of cut flowers, please consider:

A donation in Helenas name to the Find Your Light Foundation (https://fylf.org/) Helena
loved listening to the voice of Josh Groban. This is his foundation to help children experience quality arts education.
Planting flowers or a tree in Helenas honor.

Video Link
Click here for the video tribute

Condolences

Beth Caldwell (Glieco)

Jul 21, 2020

Dear Karen, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother (and father). I think the only time I met them was when we took the vacation to see them at the cottage in Maine but the wonderful memories are still here after forty odd years. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts. Love, Beth

 

Darcy Boyd

Jul 22, 2020

What a lovely write up for all to see and appreciate the love of her family and her joy in life. Family is so dear and life is so precious. Reminiscing will be wonderful in the years to follow. Love to all.

 

Alice Robison

Jul 22, 2020

So sorry to hear about Helena. She was a great lady. I worked with her at JCP many years ago. She was a real savior many years ago when I lost my diamond out of my wedding rings at JCP and she found it on the floor in the credit department at Northland Mall. I will never forget that!

 

Debra Holmes

Jul 22, 2020

My deepest condolences to a wonderful family. I worked with Helena at JCP. Her bright smile always brought a good feeling to my day. She was always willing to help you with any customer's credit issues. What a beautiful, sweet Spirit that is welcomed in heaven.

 

Paul

Aug 5, 2020

To all the McCuskers, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The video brought back many great memories that I hope you all will keep dear and will help get you through this difficult time. It is the moments we have with family that mean the most. Thinking of all of you and certainly hope our paths will cross sometime soon. Paul and Zan

 

Herbert Mehlhorn

Aug 9, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences. It has been a while since I was last in Helena's presence...probably at Mere Point. The video was a very nice tribute, a reflection of her time with her family, and gave me additional insight into her life. I will always remember her warm laughter. Wishing all the McCuskers the very best.

 

Linda Mehlhorn

Aug 10, 2020

What a wonderful life Aunt Helena had and what a nice tribute. Aunt Helena was so much fun. Filled with laughter and light. Her mischievous grin and twinkling eyes will always be embedded in my heart.

 

Al and Kellie D'Onofrio

Sep 2, 2020

Karen, Mary and all of the McCuskers - Our sincerest sympathies for the loss of your mom. We just learned of her passing recently Although we never had the honor of meeting her in person, through knowing some of you, especially our good friend Karen we recognize what a wonderful family she nurtured. The video was special - from many conversations about your family we've shared with Karen and Roland we sometimes feel connected to you all. Per you mom's wishes we have made a donation to Josh Groban's foundation in her name - we are also fans of the arts. Al & Kellie D'Onofrio Nashville, TN

 

Linda Osborn Killinger

Sep 7, 2020