Barbara C. Helman

Barbara C. Helman, 73, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 28, 2021 after a long illness, with her daughters at her side. She was born on February 29, 1948 to Michael and Barbara Zappone at Benedict Memorial Hospital in Ballston Spa.

A lifelong resident of Ballston Spa, Barbara worked at several establishments throughout the years including Angelica Healthcare, Ballston Spa Knitting Mill and Espey in Saratoga Springs.

Barbara had a strong faith and was a parishioner of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ballston Spa. She was a member of the Ballston Spa Home and Garden Club. Barbara was a lover of Ballston Spa History, The Golden Girls, Billie Holiday, Dean Martin, gnocchi, french fries, classic movies, true crime TV, a good crusty bread with butter and “Chicken Soup For What Ails Ya.”

Barbara was a Mom to all that knew her! She truly had a love for life and fought until the very end. She will be sadly missed by all her beloved family and friends.

Family was truly her life and she is survived by her loving daughters Cindy Winslow and Billie-Jo Helman-Schweikert (Henry); grandchildren Falecia, Timothy, and Rayna; great grandsons Brycen and Oliver; and several loving nieces, great nephews, cousins and dear friends. In addition to her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her sister Rose Marie Reksc.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, September 1 from 10am to 11am at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A service will be held at 11am. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Amsterdam. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to Donate or The American Heart Association (

Cindy and Billie-Jo would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Fresenius Dialysis Center of Saratoga and the D1 Unit Staff of Saratoga Hospital for the excellent care they gave to Barbara.

Guest Book

Henry Schweikert

Barbara you were an amazing person. You did a tremendous job raising wonderful kids. I will really miss watching old movies with you and helping you with your tv. I am glad that you came with us on the annual family trip to the beach. So many memories I have of you. I want you to say hi to pops for me. Don’t worry about Billie and Cindy, I will watch over them. Love you ma

Mary Walters Colby

Two little Italian girls playing on the steps at St. Mary's, that's where we met. We've truly been life long friends through every stage of life. There may have been periods we were on different paths, but we always navigated back to each other. It was always comforting to know you were nearby. Until our paths cross again, rest in peace my dear friend. Love, Mary

Kelley & William Taylor

So sorry for your loss.

So very sorry and condolences

So very sorry and condolences to Billie Jo and Cindy. Your Mom will be forever with you in your heart and memories.

Jeanne Brooks

Billie-Jo and Cindy, please except my deepest condolences. The sun will continue to rise each morning once you begin to notice it again. Stay strong.

David McDonald

Barbara was an amazing woman with a heart of gold. I will definitely miss kidding with her and all the laughs. Sending sincere condolences to Billie, Cindy and your families. RIP Barb

Diane Uhlinget Hrebinczak

My deepest sympathy to your family for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Melanie Edwards

Deepest sympathy and prayers for peace and comfort at this difficult time.