Helene Driscoll (Diggin) Padula

Helene Driscoll (Diggin) Padula, of Milton, died on February 5, 2012 at age 85.  Beloved wife for over 47 years of George T. Padula.  Cherished mother of Donna Driscoll Tarnoff of Osterville, MA, Robert F. Driscoll of Medford, MA, George T. Padula Jr. of Westwood, MA and Elizabeth Padula Tourtelotte of Newton, MA.  Loved grandmother to Megan Driscoll Kealty, Ryan Driscoll, Nicholas and Alexander Tarnoff, Ellen and Emily Padula and Grace and Clare Tourtelotte.  Loving sister to Joseph Diggin of Weymouth, MA.   Beloved aunt and cousin to many.  Predeceased in 1955 by her husband, Robert F. Driscoll.  Daughter of the deceased Michael and Bridget “Della” Diggin, natives of Ireland.  A 1949 graduate of Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester, MA, class of 1945, Helene had a long career as a physical therapist.  Known to countless patients through nearly 40 years as a therapist with the Milton Visiting Nurses and the Veterans Hospital of Jamaica Plain, Helene loved her work helping people regain their mobility.  Active in her community, Helene was elected as a Milton Town Meeting Member for over 30 years and served by appointment to the Milton Warrant Committee.  Helene was a Corporator since 1998 of Milton Hospital and a member of the Milton Hospital Auxiliary.  She also served on the special events and generation campaign committees with the Friends of Milton Hospital.  She was a past treasurer and president of the Milton PM Club and former President, Milton Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), as well as a past treasurer of the Milton Meals on Wheels.  With her husband George, she enjoyed overseas travels and socializing with their many friends in recent years at White Cliffs in Plymouth, MA. Always ready to step onto the dance floor, Helene was well known for her energy and vivacious spirit as well as her athleticism having taught her four children to ski. A funeral from the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, Milton will be held at 10am on Thursday February 9th followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am celebrated at St. Elizabeth’s Church, 350 Reedsdale Road, Milton, MA.  Services will conclude with burial at Milton Cemetery.   Visiting hours will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home in Milton on Wednesday February 8th from 4 to 8pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Helene’s name may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital -Milton, Development Office , 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton, MA 02186 or Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215, c/o Jess Kelly.