RUTLAND - Helga Thune Cognato, age 75,died Feb. 5, 2019, at Rutland Healthcare Center.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., July 6, 1943, daughter of Henrik Thune and Martha Elisabeth Thuestad Thune. Helga enjoyed spending childhood summers in Brightwoods, Long Island with her cousins & was a graduate of Hunter College in New York City. She was a legal secretary for Dewey Ballantine prior to moving to Killington, where she worked for the Town Clerk.

Helga attended Church of Our Saviour in Killington, was a member of the Red Hat Society, Bone Builders Club in Killington & Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock.

Helga was a licensed pilot, certified scuba diver and enjoyed skiing, reading and traveling. Surviving is a daughter, Lauren Cognato of Saratoga, Springs NY.

Helga was predeceased by her husband, Thomas A. Cognato in 2001; her later partner, John Ketola in 2014 & a brother, Henrik Ole Thune in 1984.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am Saturday Feb. 16, 2019 at Church of Our Saviour in Killington. A brief reception in the parish hall will follow, catered by Mission Farm Bakery. In lieu of flowers, we ask that memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland County Humane Society, Stevens Rd., Pittsford, VT 05763.

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