KENDUSKEAG – This beautiful, loved and vivacious woman allowed her grandson, Matthew, to bring her to the peace of God’s loving embrace on the night of Feb. 4, 2008. Known to most as “Helga,” she was loved and gave love as a caring and loyal friend. To her family she was and will forever be treasured and loved – our Mom and our Gree. Helga’s earthly journey began in Munich, Germany, Feb. 15, 1917. She was born to Johann and Georgine (Steinmetz) Linsner. She was tutored at home in her early years, graduating from Lyceum in 1933. She married Georg Wilke in 1937 and lived in Cologne. She persevered under air raids in Bonn during the war and worked for the railroad station, helping refugee families. At the end of the war, she found herself as a refugee in a camp in Austria. From there she was smuggled home clandestinely by jeep to Kiefersfelden, dressed as an American nurse. She had to hide because she was a German national in a foreign country. She then worked for a time as an interpreter at the German/Austrian border. She and Georg divorced at the end of the war and she met and fell in love with James Joseph Walsh, an American soldier stationed in Germany after the war. She emigrated from Germany to New Egypt, N.J., with her new husband; daughter, Sighilt; and son, Jack. Her daughter, Patricia was born soon afterwards. While in New Jersey, Helga used her creative talents in her work as a correspondent and columnist for a local newspaper. She moved to Maine with her family in 1953, then to England where her husband was stationed with the Air Force, finally back to her home in Kenduskeag where she remained for the rest of her life. She was employed for several years as a research assistant at Maine Sardine Industry, then with the University of Maine as an assistant in potato research. In 1964, she was appointed postmaster in Levant by President Johnson. She proudly served the residents of Levant in that role until 1984, never missing a day of work due to weather. She could often be found “camping out” at the post office in the dutiful performance of the responsibility she had undertaken. Helga loved that job and formed many deep friendships with the residents who had come to know and love her as well. Helga loved to travel and had many wonderful pictures and stories from her vacations to Austria, Italy, Russia, Egypt, Hungary, Yugoslavia and Germany. She would often bring her stepmother, Maria Linsner, along on these journeys. Helga had appreciation for the fine arts including opera, classical music, art of the old masters and dance. She also enjoyed watching figure skating competitions. She was an incredibly loyal and enthusiastic Red Sox fan and had the great joy of watching them win two championships. Many summer weekends found her sitting high in the bleachers of Fenway Park. Helga will be forever missed by her children, Sighilt Cognetta and companion, Ray Durkin, of Penobscot, Jack Walsh and his wife, Pam, of Portland, Ore., and Pat Phillips and her husband, Peter, of Bangor. Her grandchildren will miss their “Gree,” Sarah Caruso and her husband, Tony, of Hampden, Jennifer Thompson and her husband, Tim, of Anchorage, Alaska, Ariel Walsh and companion, Zeek Roulston, of Bellow Falls, Vt., Lydia and Audrey Walsh of Portland, Ore.; great-grandchildren who will learn of her through memories are Elias Pasquerillo, Ceara and Caitlynne Thompson, Leif Walsh, Vincent and Amelia Caruso. Helga loved and was loved by Lynne Walsh and Twila Illingworth. Many friends were dear to her heart and will miss her, especially Cindy and Greg Stokes, Don Nuttall, Ron Cormier, Margaret Hubbard, Nadine Peary, Peter Griffin, Martha Atwood, Evelyn Applebee, Bob and Cindy Pacheco. She was deeply grieved by the loss of her dear friend, Joyce Brooker. Special thanks to the incredibly wonderful caregivers of A Loving Touch, Inc. and to the gentle, caring staff at Ross Manor. Helga was predeceased by her husband, James, in 1992; and by her beloved grandson, Matthew Pasquerillo, in 2004. Now she is with them in heaven, our angels. Family and friends are invited to visit 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. John’s Catholic Church, York Street, Bangor, with the Very Rev. Richard McLaughlin, pastor, celebrant. Friends are invited to the parish hall immediately afterward for some German hospitality and continued fellowship. Interment and committal service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the chapel of Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta. For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 B Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401 for her love of animals, or to A Loving Touch, Inc., 149 Cedar St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences may also be offered at www.kileyfuneralhome.com.