2000-01-22 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

It is with regret that I note the passing of a good friend - Helen
Baier.

Helen and her husband Bill lived in and raised their family in
Ozone Park and Howard Beach. They had one son whom they named after his father - William. Helen was devoted to her family, to her church and to her community. She raised her son with the values that were important to she and her husband - a love of God, a love of country, a willingness to serve the community and a love of learning.

Helen was cheerful, energetic, outgoing, religious, loyal and dependable. Helen always had a contagious smile and a friendly and helpful word for everyone.

In her adult years the operative word for Helen was shopping.
Helen had a remarkable sense of fashion. She had elegant taste and loved to shop for clothes and jewelry. You could count on Helen to be
attractively dressed.

Helen was an active member in the senior clubs at Nativity in Ozone
Park and at St. Helen's in Howard Beach. She was well known and loved by all the members. She looked forward to seeing her friends at the meetings and going on the senior trips. Being with her peers was important to her. Her radiant smile and gracious manner made her stand out everywhere she went.

Helen had a strong commitment to serving her community. Education
was one of her top priorities. She recognized that a sound education is
the backbone of an individual, a community and a city. Helen volunteered her time to work on the school board campaigns and to support those candidates that she believed would enhance the ability of our children to succeed. She recognized the importance of having qualified individuals in leadership positions in our educational system. Helen knew that an informed electorate could positively impact our educational future. Therefore, she devoted her time and talent to campaigning for the best
possible candidates for our local school board. It was a delight to
converse with Helen because she was always well informed and eager to join in a discussion on current events. Helen made it her business to keep
abreast of the issues.

Helen's son is a very caring person. She relied on him. Helen enjoyed her
son's family. She would always share the latest happenings of her grand
children. She was thrilled with the birth of her great grand child.
Family photos often accompanied her momentous events. Helen looked forward to celebrating the holidays, birthdays and graduations with her family.

The ultimate highlight in her life was when her son William was
appointed as the commissioner of Transportation for Queens. She was
justifiably proud. William Baier was an outstanding choice for this
appointment. He grew up in Queens so he is very familiar with the area and the people. He is a responsible person with a strong sense of integrity. He is very responsive to the needs of the various communities throughout Queens.

According to the Green Book of the Official Directory of New York
City, "The mission of the Department of Transportation is to provide for
the safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible movement of people and goods in New York City. In order to fulfill this mission, the Department
of Transportation controls and regulates traffic; builds and maintains
streets, highways, bridges and municipal parking facilities; administers
pre-school bus transportation for the disabled and acts as an advocate and
a voice for better transportation." Obviously, the mayor could not have
appointed a more responsible, responsive and hard working person than Helen's son William Baier.

I extend my sympathies to William Baier, his family and Helen's
many friends and neighbors. We will all miss her.

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