Helen Therese Williams, 81, passed away peacefully after midnight on Saturday, September 12 in Port Jefferson, NY from prolonged Parkinson’s Disease after 5 comfortable years in the care of her daughter and son-in-law.

Born on July 3, 1939 in Brooklyn, 5 minutes before her twin sister ,Rose Ann Fallon, they grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens with their parents Catherine and Thomas Gannon. Catherine was school teacher and Thomas was a Principal in the New York City Schools.

Helen graduated from St. Angela High School and St. John’s University with a BS in Elementary Education. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Hunter College and then taught for over 30 years. She was a second grade school teacher at Hauppauge Schools’ Bretton Woods Elementary School and a reading specialist at the Middle Country Schools’ Bicycle Path Elementary School

Helen married Richard Thomas Williams (decd. May 4, 1991) on July 6, 1963 in a joint wedding ceremony with her twin sister, Rose Ann, and husband John Fallon. With Richard, she had two children, Kathleen Helen Bucaria and Richard Thomas Williams Jr.

Active in the Smithtown community, she was an original member of the Smithtown PEO, and also part of the AAUW, Garden Club, Historical Society, and on the board of the Arts Council. She loved being part of community service events at Deepwell’s in St. James and giving House & Garden tours of beautiful houses in Smithtown. Her favorite pastime was playing tennis and was a longtime member of the Edgewood Corner’s Tennis Club and the Nissequogue Golf Club. She traveled to Hawaii, Japan, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, and France.

She is survived by her sister, Rose Ann Fallon, brother in law, John Fallon, sister-in-law, Mary Ann Kerlin, her daughter Kathleen Bucaria and family – Frank Bucaria (son-in-law), Kristen Fletcher, (granddaughter)and her husband Dan Fletcher, Patrick Bucaria (grandson), her son Richard Williams Jr. and family – Blakely Williams (daughter-in-law) and grandsons, Brayden, Blaine, and Blake Williams.


Visitation: September 14, 2020 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Second Visitation: September 14, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Mass: September 15, 2020 12:00 pm

Sts. Philip & James R. C. Church (St. James)
359 Clinton Ave.
St. James, NY 11780


Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery
172-00 Booth Memorial Avenue

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Helen T. Williams 's name.

Hauppauge Educational Foundation

PO Box 6006
Hauppauge, NY 11788

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss what a wonderful person she was may God bless during these sad times
    Love The Zeman family

  2. Grandma Helen, May the Almighty God welcome you and keep you safe till we meet again. You’re so good to Samuel and I and we love you so much. Rest Peacefully In Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  3. Dear Kathy, Frank and Family, our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with you all on the loss of your mother and grandmother. One step at a time. Love Paul, Kathy & Amanda

  4. Aunt Helen, your gentle and loving heart touched our lives in many ways. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace.

  5. candleI met Helen at the Smithtown Gaden Club where we were both members.
    She was a lovely lady and we enjoyed her company.
    With Payers and Sympathy
    Joan Wiecks

  6. kathy frank and family : my heart felt condolences to you and the family on the passing of your mother. your mom was always thoughtful and respectful to marie and I . my prayers are with you and the family.
    Rich lyman

  7. You hold time within your hands, and see it all, from beginning to end. Please keep and carry these precious people in their sadness and loss. Cover them with your great wings of love, give their weary hearts rest and their minds sound sleep. Lord, lift their eyes so that they may catch a glimpse of eternity, and be comforted by the promise of heaven. We ask all this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen!

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