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Helen Harding Sykes - Obituary

Helen Harding Sykes, 104, a longtime resident of Bloomfield and Glen Ridge died at her home on Sunday, Dec. 18.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she attended P.S. 11. She moved with her family to Glen Ridge at 13 and graduated from Glen Ridge High School in the early 1920ís. She married Olin Clair Sykes at age 19 and resided in Glen Ridge for more than 20 years.

During World War II she served as an air raid warden and later became active in Essex Countyís Clean Government politics. She worked as a clerk for more than 20 years at the hall of Records Voting Registration Department in Newark.

She then resided in Bloomfield for more than 45 years actively participating in community and county affairs. She was a member of the English County Dance Society and sang lead roles in Sweet Adelineís chorus group for 18 years. An avid bridge player she was a member of the Upper Montclair Womanís Club.

At age 11 she and her friends organized the Maud Adams Dramatic Society and performed plays to raise money for charity, an endeavor chronicled in the Brooklyn Eagle. As an adult she was a member of the Glen Ridge Players as well as being occupied in church and school affairs.

She was a lifetime member of the Mayflower society tracing her lineage to Elder Brewster, John Alden and Patricia Mullins on the Harding side and Nathaniel Foote, the "First Settler" of Wethersfield, Conn. on the Foote and Chapman sides.

She is predeceased by her son Wallace.

She is survived by her children Barbara and Robert, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Services are private.


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