Helen Vitacco

Helen Theresa Vitacco

1930 - 2020

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Obituary of Helen Theresa Vitacco


Mrs. Helen Vitacco, née O’Brien,  died peacefully on July 26 with family at her side.  She was 90 years old. 


A resident of Clarksburg, MD, she was born and grew up in Glen Cove, NY.  She met her husband, Bob, while working in New York City.  They were married over 40 years, living in several states along the east coast, including many years on the side of a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.  In addition to lovingly caring for her family, she had many different interests, ranging from teaching catechism classes to tutoring elementary children in reading.


She is predeceased by her husband, Bob and daughter, Maria Christina.  She is survived by daughters Mary Ellen Rudon (Michael), Pat Vitacco, and Christine Nelson (Timothy).  She will be missed by her five grandchildren, Jennifer Burke (Doug Adams), Timothy Nelson, Jr., Jason Nelson (Amanda), Cassandra Nelson (Michael Cooper) Lauren Wilt (Travis Hartman), four beloved great-grandchildren, and “granddog,” Cassidy.


Helen will always be remembered for her kindness, her dignity, and her subtle humor.  A funeral mass is planned for July 30, at 11 a.m. at Mother Seton Church in Germantown, MD and burial immediately after at All Souls Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Montgomery County Maryland Humane Society.