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Helen Elizabeth Mauhs

Obituary for Helen Elizabeth Mauhs

July 18, 2017
Hamden, Connecticut

Loving Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother


Helen Elizabeth Mauhs, 86 of Hamden passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife and best friend of more than sixty years to Karl Mauhs. Helen was born in Coraopolis, PA on November 4, 1930, a daughter of the late Rudolph and Mary Venus Sambold. She grew up in Austria, and returned to the U.S. at the age of sixteen, settling in Sewickley, PA with her family. Helen had an amazing work ethic. Not speaking the language, she began working and quickly became fluent in speaking, reading and writing English. After marrying Karl, they moved to Connecticut, and settled in Hamden, where they raised their family. Helen worked at the family bakery, Kramer's Bakery, for more than thirty years, mastering the art of cake decorating. In addition to working at the bakery, she also helped raise her grandchildren. Helen and Karl have been members of the German Harugari Singing Society of West Haven, where she enjoyed their twice a year weekend getaways in the Catskill Mountains. Helen loved to travel to local and out of state hockey games with Karl. They had the pleasure to travel to Austria in 1999 to see her home and visit family. She loved to speak of her youth in Austria, as well as the challenges that the war brought. After retirement, Helen went on to care for children in Guilford and Cheshire as well as her own grandchildren. She gave all of herself without hesitation, always loving and supportive, and full of true unconditional love. Helen was an amazing cook and baker. She was always making family gatherings special. She couldn't go anywhere without bringing her signature Apple Cake. She is also survived by her children Margie Fisher and her husband Jack, AnnaMaria Mauhs, Karl Mauhs, II and his wife Maureen, and Richard Mauhs, six grandchildren, Carrie Gargano and her husband JD, Erin Balisciano and her husband Jaime, Kelly Stewart and her husband Brian, Karl Mauhs, III and his fiancé Emily, Brian Mauhs and his wife Sydney, and Alena Mauhs, and six great grandchildren, Ryan, Avery, Matthew, Jake, Dylan and Elliot. She was predeceased by her brothers, Rudolph, Frank and Walter Sambold, and her sister Margaret Valenzi. Wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, you will forever be a bright flame in our hearts. Your love and passion for family will live forever. We love you.

THERE WILL BE NO CALLING HOURS. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated Saturday, August 5 at 11:00 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, 321 Circular Ave., Hamden. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity that supports children's needs. The Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven has been entrusted with arrangements.



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