Helene Trupp Wilson
Helene Trupp Wilson beloved mother, sister, and friend, of Chatham and Carlisle, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on the morning of January 5, 2017. She enjoyed the Christmas season, her favorite time of year, with many friends and family and greeted the new year with her usual optimism and good cheer.
Helene was born to Clara and Hans Trupp of Ridgewood, NY in 1938. She attended Grover Cleveland High School in Queens and Pace University in Manhattan. In 1966, she married Grant Miner Wilson, of Lincoln, MA. For most of her adult life, Helene divided her time between Carlisle, Cape Cod, and her travels. She led a life full of interests and adventures and delighted in everything around her.
Helene engaged wholeheartedly in the communities in which she lived. She was active in many schools and nonprofit organizations, including the Carlisle Schools, Nashoba Brooks, Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, and the Emerson Auxiliary. She created the Carlisle Foundation to provide grants to regional nonprofits focusing on family services and hosted numerous fundraisers and events at her homes. She was a member of the Founder’s Circle of the Cape and Islands United Way, the Dr. Frank Lahey Society at Lahey Clinic, and the Lightkeeper’s Society of Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation. Organizations benefited from her philanthropy, hospitality, and practical guidance.
Over the last twenty-five years, Helene devoted herself to the gift shops she owned and operated in Chatham. She endeared herself to customers, local vendors, and employees through her gregarious nature and joyful spirit. She will be remembered for her warmth, generosity, and inspirational attitude.
She leaves behind her son, Grant Lenox; daughter, Kirsten and husband Johnny Bivera; daughter, Sara and husband Emanuele Angelino; her 6 grandchildren: Robert, Ike, Grant “Trip,” Amelie, Margaux, and Elisa; and her siblings, Margaret Heery and Hans F. Trupp. Helene was predeceased by her husband. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an organization close to your heart, or to the one she treasured most, the Wilson Center at Pace University in New York City www.alumni.pace.edu/Helene-Wilson