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Helen Wahl

Helen Wahl

Helen was born in 1911 in the part of Germany that was Prussia near the Polish border. She fled in 1936 to France to be with her future husband Charles, who was Jewish and could not return to Nazi Germany. In France, Charles was interred and Helen endured forced residence. They were smuggled to Spain in June, 1941 and settled in Rochester where Charles worked at Kodak until retiring in 1967.

Helen and Charles were very involved in the Genesee Valley Hiking Club and traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. The couple had no children, but they were active in the First Unitarian Church and made many lifelong friends there. "Although they started from scratch in the US, they did not feel the need to acquire material things beyond the necessities," stated Helen's attorney, Christopher Corcoran. "Helen's large bequest to WXXI, as well as smaller ones to their church and to art museums, shows where they found enrichment in their lives."

When Helen died in early 2006, she was 94 years old. We are extremely grateful that Helen included WXXI in her estate plans which will help ensure that WXXI will continue to serve our community for generations to come.


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