Helen H. Luscher, of Tempe, AZ, formerly of Arcade, died Sunday July 28, 2019 in Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, AZ at the age of 92.
Helen Luscher was born November 6, 1926 in New York City at Misericordia Hospital. She was the daughter of Helen and John Hand.
Helen attended D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York on a full academic scholarship. She began her undergraduate studies in the Fall of 1944. She completed her baccalaureate degree in three years and graduated Magna Cum Laude from D’Youville College in Buffalo in May 1947. Following graduation she applied for a teaching position near her home in Jackson Heights, Long Island and was denied. She applied to Fordham University for a graduate degree in mathematics and received a full academic scholarship. She received a Masters in Mathematics from Fordham University in May 1948. After completing the Masters program at Fordham she was again denied employment. She was offered a teaching position at D’Youville College in the fall of 1948. She taught college level mathematics for several years at D’Youville College until she was married to her first husband Donald.
She married Donald G. Watkins on September 8, 1951 in New York City. They moved to Arcade, New York in June 1953 where her husband established a dental practice. They had four children: Donald, Mark, Kathleen and Mary Patricia. She served as office manager and dental assistant in her husband’s dental practice from 1953 until June of 1970 when she began teaching mathematics at Pioneer Central School. Her husband Donald died July 26, 1973. She remained a widowed single mother from 1973 until she married James Luscher on December 20, 1980 in Arcade. Their union created a family that included five Luscher children James, Patricia, Brian, Sheila and Marc and the three Watkins children Donald, Mark and Kathleen.
Helen was a Eucharistic minister at St. Mary’s Parish in Arcade where she was also a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Arcade, New York. Helen was a member of the Monday Research Club in Arcade, New York and President of the Arcade Free Library Board of Trustees. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma - Beta Nu Chapter which is an honor society for women educators.
She is survived by her children – Donald (Diane) Watkins of Franklinville, Mark (Terry) Watkins of Chapin, SC, Kathleen (Robert) Hand of Tempe, AZ; step-children – James Luscher of Madison, WI, Patricia (Charles) Wambold of West Carrolton, OH, Brian (Lillian) Luscher of Prescott, AZ, Sheila (David) Bright of Seminole, FL, Marc (Dona Warren) Luscher of Stevens Point, WI. Helen had ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Donald G. Watkins on July 26, 1973 and her husband James Luscher on December 9, 1994, her daughter Mary Patricia in 1963 and her brother John Hand in 1992.
Friends may call Thursday August 8, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at W. S. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., 358 W. Main St., Arcade. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday August 9, 2019 at 10 am in St. Mary’s Church, 417 W. Main St., Arcade. Interment will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Arcade.
Memorials may be made to Resurrection Catholic Church - 3201 South Evergreen Road- Tempe, AZ, 85282, St. Mary’s Parish - 417 West Main St. - Arcade, NY 14009 or Arcade Free Library - 365 Main Street - Arcade, NY 14009.