Helen Nalibow Obituary

February 8, 2012

in News,Obituaries,Woodstock

There will be no official funeral services for Helen Miriam Nalibow, 97, who passed away on February 2, 2012. Helen will be interred next to her husband in Woodstock.
She was born in the Bronx, NY, she grew up in New York City, where she studied both piano and violin.
She attended the New School for Social Research, taking music courses from the now famous American composer, Aaron Copeland.
In 1941, following her marriage to Joseph Nalibow, Helen and Joe moved to Woodstock, Vermont, for what Helen anticipated would be a brief hiatus before returning to New York City. Nevertheless, they lived in Woodstock for the entire course of their 60-year marriage until Joe’s death in 2002.
From 1953 to 1967 he operated the Woodstock Pharmacy. Helen introduced cosmetics and beauty products to the pharmacy so women no longer had to travel to New York to buy them. Helen’s life was further enriched by her love of music, literature and the arts.
Helen and Joe bore two children: Susan Ruxin Steiner (of Ridgefield, CT) and Kenneth Nalibow, UVM Professor Emeritus (of Burlington, VT). Susan was married to Dr Ruxin; even after their divorce, he continued to be Helen’s physician. Helen also had two wonderful grandchildren, Lisa Ruxin Phillips and Josh Ruxin, grandson-in-law John Phillips and granddaughter-in-law Alissa Ruxin. She is also survived by five beautiful great-grandchildren, Avery and Koll Phillips (of Wellesley, MA), and Maya, Elodie, and Elias Ruxin (currently of Kigali, Rwanda).
In lieu of flowers the family is accepting donations to the American Diabetes Association.
This obituary first appeared in the February 9th print edition of the Vermont Standard.

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judith rocchio July 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Helen and Joe and I became friends in the 80′s through Joe’s passing. They made many trips to DHMC where I worked until 2000 and she was like an older sister to me. Of course, Joe was the consummate gentleman. Between them, they were a joy to be around.

I missed seeing Helen in the last few years and am saddened by the notice of her passing. But she gave the world many years of joy and sincere caring. You really can’t beat that in a lifetime.

Judith Rocchio
Wilder, VT

james h. brownell February 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

To whom it may concern:
I have read the passing of Helen Nalibow with sadness. The Brownell and Nalibow famlies have been friends for close to 100 yeaqrs. My grandmother was a neighbor to Joe and Helen for a long time. Allan Brownell and Joe were community leaders fpr years. Brother Tom; Susan and Ken attended school together. This family is a proud product of Woodstock and its values
Jim Brownell
Jacksonville, Florida

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