She was born March 26, 1918, the daughter of Charles and Florence MacDougall and was a lifelong resident of the Fulton area.
Mrs. VanDeWater had worked at the Sealright Company in the 1940s and at Ford Plastic’s and Angelo’s Big M in the 1960s. As one of the first home demonstrators of Tupperware in the 1950’s, she won a nationwide sales contest with the grand prize of an ocean voyage on the Queen Mary to Europe and a month’s stay in France and Italy.
She was a life member of the Parent Teacher’s Association through her work with the Erie Street School P.T.A. She was an avid bowler, was the organizer and past president of the Sealright Women’s Bowling League at the Sealright Lanes when they were new, belonged to the Friendly Girls League at the Lakeview Lanes for over thirty years and traveled to many state tournaments. She was inducted into the Fulton Women’s Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame in the 1980’s.
She was the past president of the Fulton Senior Citizen’s Club that met at City Hall and was mistress of ceremonies of the Scudderville Band, a group of senior citizens who entertained at nursing homes and community events.
She liked to garden, loved to dance, play cards, spend time with her family and enjoyed going to the Turning Stone Casino. Helen was a fan of T.V.’s Animal Planet.
She greatly appreciated all the loving care she received from the staff of Michaud.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Alberta Moryl, Orin MacDougall and Marjorie Vodek, and by a son-in-law, Michael E. Hogan.
She is the widow of David McKinney, who died in 1967, and Kenneth VanDeWater, who died in 1983. She was also predeceased by her long time companion, Victor Bell, who died in 2006.
She is survived by four children: daughter Jerry and her husband, Ed Kasperek, son Paul McKinney and his partner Bill Bundy, daughter Denise and her husband, Mark Roth, and son, Dave and his wife, Sherry McKinney; step-daughter, Peggy Heffron; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
There were no calling hours and no services. The family will hold a private gathering in celebration of her life.
Contributions may be made to Paws Across Oswego County (a rescue and adoption agency for abused animals) 2035 County Route 1, Oswego, NY 13126 or to the Mount Adnah Cemetery Association, 706 East Broadway, Fulton, NY 13069. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.