Helen Lee “Sweetie” Iandoli completed her life’s journey Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
She was born May 5, 1924, in Davis, W.Va., the only child of William and Mary Ellen Ellifrits.
They relocated to Strasburg, Va., where she was raised. Following high school, Sweetie completed her nursing program at the University of Virginia. It was there that she met her husband of 68 years, Dr. Edward W. Iandoli, whom she married Dec. 29, 1945.
Sweetie and Ed retired to Englewood, Fla., in 1987 after she retired from her nursing duties in Syracuse, N.Y., and Delmar, N.Y., and he from his long career at Albany Medical Center Hospital and Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y.
They and their family spent many summers at their cottage on Schroon Lake and post retirement in Lake George, N.Y. Sweetie was active in the DAR, the Albany Medical College Faculty Wives and performed many hours of volunteer service at Child’s Hospital in Albany. She enjoyed playing bridge with her many friends throughout her life.
Her father nicknamed her “Sweetie” as a very young child and his description of her was found to be most accurate by all her colleagues and friends over the years. Sweetie will always be remembered as the “Sweet Virginia Lady” that she was.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Edward W. Iandoli; three loving daughters, Mary Lee (Russell) Bates of Valatie, N.Y., Helen Lee (John) Walsh of Skillman, N.J., and Patricia Ellen (Wayne) Bennett of Clifton Park, N.Y.; grandsons, Kevin (Colleen) Bates of Valatie, Mark (Kobi) Walsh of Robbinsville, N.J., and Michael (Melanie) Walsh of Califon, N.J.; granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth (Tim) Orban of Hamilton, N.J.; step-granddaughters, Margaret Bennett-Johnson of Littleton, Colo., Katherine Bennett (Russell) of Tupper Lake, N.Y., and Erin Bennett-Roberts of Plymouth, Mass.; great-grandchildren, Riane, Shea and Andrew, Jordan, Owen and William, and Kaycee; and step-great-grandchildren, Emma, Ally and Charlotte.
Sweetie’s life remembrance ceremony will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Sarasota Florida National Cemetery. Those wishing to do so may make a contribution to the American Heart or Lung Association; American Cancer Society, 2970 University Parkway, Suite 104, Sarasota, FL 34243; First United Methodist Church, 428 Kenwood Ave., Delmar, NY 12054; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Albany, NY 139 S. Lake Ave., Albany NY 12208; or donation of your choice.
Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Englewood.