By Cary Shuman
Many family friends and neighbors came to Crown Point in Swampscott to pay their respects to longtime Chelsea resident Helen Feinberg, who died on Feb. 21. She was 92.
Stuart Feinberg joined his brothers, Richard and Ralph Feinberg, at the impressive memorial tribute to their mother, who with her husband, the late Julius “Moxie” Feinberg, raised their three children here and sent them to Chelsea schools.
Stuart Feinberg, a popular former teacher in the Chelsea schools who followed his brother, Richard, into the field of education, said kids were fortunate to grow up in a close-knit city where parents knew the parents of other children and knew their children would be looked after when they were with their friends.
“My friends and I were so blessed to have the parents we had,” said Feinberg. “All our fathers all had a certain personality but the mothers were the glue. Everybody, from all ethnicities and races, knew the other parents and could call them at any time to check to see if everybody was alright. It was just a great atmosphere back then.”
Stuart Feinberg said his mother was always supportive of her family in every endeavor – whether it be sports or academics – and obtaining a good education was very important to her. She made sure that all three Feinberg boys went on to attend college.
Richard was a beloved teacher at Chelsea High School and later at Northeast Regional in Wakefield. Stuart excelled as a teacher and coach and again followed his brother into basketball officiating.
Ralph Feinberg, who like his older brothers had the gift of making people feel warm and welcomed in their presence, opted for the business field and has been successful in his multi-faceted career.
Ralph described his mother as “a wonderful, caring woman who taught us all good principles.”
Richard Feinberg, who left Chelsea for Swampscott and became a highly respected member of the town’s School Committee, said, “I’m going to miss my mother terribly. She was a wonderful mother to the three boys and a wonderful wife to my father.”
Chelsea has lost another jewel of a person, a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.