Helen (Elia) Pilla

May 18th, 2020

Helen Pilla (Elia), age 85, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 16, 2020.

Helen was born on January 8, 1935; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Olga (Starve) Elia. Helen lived in Wilmington for her entire life. She graduated from Wilmington High School in 1953 as class valedictorian and then married Tim, her husband of 49 years, on August 19, 1956.

Helen and Tim were “Mom and “Dad” to many members of the Ski Haus staff for years. They loved to travel, both in and out of the United States. After Tim passed away, she would travel with her family and especially with her granddaughter Lily on whom she bestowed the “wanderlust”.

She will be remembered fondly by many.

Helen was the devoted mother of Patricia McGaughan and her husband Brian of Berwyn, PA, Wayne Pilla and his wife Kelly of Salem, NH and Steven Pilla and his wife Jacqui of North Andover, MA. She was the loving “Grammy” of Zachary, Lily, Lizzie, Ashton, Cam and Sydney. Dear sister of Michael Elia of Wilmington, MA, the late Olga Christo and the late John Elia. Helen is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Pilla family has decided to have a private service at this time. A Celebration of Helen’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s memory may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P. O. Box 515, Northhampton, MA 01061-0515.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.


2 Entries in Guest Book for “Helen (Elia) Pilla”

  1. Gordon & Susan Geiger says:

    Wayne, Kelly and Steve. Our hearts are with your families during this difficult time. Sadly, we never met your mom or dad but certainly know that they did one hell of a job raising and teaching you all. I’m sure they’re both smiling at you now. Stay safe and healthy. Gordon & Susan Geiger

  2. Cathleen Wallent says:

    To you all, Being from Wilmington growing up when we did meant we new most every family in town. The owners of the Country store, the Ski Haus and the local dentist to name a few. Peace and good health to your families. I really liked your mom.A cool lady. Sorry for your loss. Cathy Wallent

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