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Mrs Helen Musante

October 25, 1924 ~ August 13, 2018 (age 93)
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Helen Noel Musante, age 93, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2018, at Gardner Heights Health Care Center in Shelton. A longtime resident of Huntington Center, she was a prominent artist in Shelton, and the wife of Frederick L. Musante, chairman of the city’s Economic Development Commission for two decades, who predeceased her. They were married for 61 years until his death in 2009. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Laura Musante Mehlman, who passed away earlier this year. Helen is survived by her five sons, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild: Frederick L. Musante Jr. of Shelton, and his daughter Michelle; Douglas M. Musante of Shelton, his wife Nancy, and children Ashlan, Chelsey, and Bradley; Clifford J. Musante of Indian Land, S.C., his son Christopher, and his granddaughter Isabella Rose; Carl D. Musante of Shelton, his wife Robin, and children Sebastian and Isabella; and Joel P. Musante of Norwalk;  and Jennifer Beaudoin, who she loved as a daughter, and husband Scott, and children Cameron and Christopher. Helen was born in Elizabeth, N.J., the daughter of the late Philip Xavier Noel and Blanche Doty Noel. Her sisters, Dorothy Sarosky, Gertrude Lambe, Marion Hughes, and her brother Philip Noel also predecease her.She was also a prominent local artist, and many Huntington residents knew her as the tall  redhead who was often seen walking from Aspetuck Village to the Trap Falls Reservoir well into her eighties. Helen grew up on the East Side of Bridgeport and graduated from Harding High School in the Class of 1942. During World War II, she and her sisters worked on assembly lines at General Electric a few blocks from their house. She and Fred were married in 1948 and moved to Huntington Center in 1952. From 1966 to 1986, they lived in the Nichols section of Trumbull, then moved to Aspetuck Village when Fred retired. Around that time, Helen took up painting, studying under renowned artist Enzo Russo at his studio in Greenwich. The actor Gene Wilder was also a student there at that time. Helen often chose her family and her home city as the subjects for her art, and was also inspired by her travels. She was known for painting landscapes and street scenes of Shelton landmarks, many of which graced the covers of Shelton Life and the city’s annual report.  They were donated to the city and still hang in the mayor’s office. Her portrait of State Rep. Dick Belden was presented to the city when Shelton dedicated its River Walk Park in Belden’s memory. Friends may call on Friday, August 17, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 18, at 10 a.m. at Saint Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Avenue, Shelton. Interment will follow at Saint Michael’s Cemetery, 2205 Stratford Avenue, Stratford. To send condolences please visit www.redgatehennessy.com

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