Helen M. Rotella

Helen M. Rotella

September 10, 1930 – June 2, 2020


Preceded in death by husband, Louis J. Rotella, Sr.; parents, Nancy and Joseph Anzalone; and granddaughter, Christina Helena Rotella.  Survived by son, Louis J. Rotella, Jr. (Kathi); daughter, Maria C. Jacobsen (Dean); grandchildren: Louis Rotella III (Jill), Dr. Joseph Rotella, John Rotella (Sarah), Laura Hensley (Dave), Dean Jacobsen Jr., Helena Anderson (John Michael); 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Joseph Anzalone; nieces and nephews.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Sunday, June 7th from 3pm to 5pm, at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church (11802 Pacific St.) followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 5pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, June 8th, 10:30am, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.  ENTOMBMENT: Calvary Mausoleum II.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church and the Rose Blumkin Home.


To view a live broadcast of the Vigil and Mass, visit www.stroberts.com.



  • JOE AND CINDY VACANTI Posted June 4, 2020 7:36 am

    Helen was a beautiful and wonderful woman. She was always very friendly to everyone. She has suffered long enough and is now with our Lord and Louie Sr.in Heaven. She will be missed, I will miss seeing my cousin at all the VACANTI family events.
    My condolences and prayers go out to the Rotella Family.
    Joe S, Vacanti

  • Nancy J Wackerhagen Posted June 4, 2020 9:36 am

    On behalf of the Bertagni children (Sue, Monsignor Ted, Nancy, Steve, Tina & Jody), we send our deepest condolences to the Rotella family. Helen was such a beautiful, kind soul and holds a special place in our hearts. We have such fond memories of the bond she & Louis Sr. shared with our parents, Ted & Mary Bertagni and of playing with Louis Jr and Maria as we had our “Sunday Meal” with our grandparents (Ned & Rose Bertagni) who lived right across the street from them. We have all decided to make Helen’s “Chicken Cacciatore ” recipe in her honor. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Jann Lighthart Posted June 4, 2020 4:54 pm

    I am the daughter of Richard and Marilyn (Rotella) Weak. I would like to express my deepest sympathies to my cousins Louis and Maria and all of your families. Growing up, I always thought Aunt Helen as the most glamorous and sophisticated woman. She was just as beautiful on the inside too. That opinion never changed. She is bringing that class to heaven with her! I hope she is enjoying every second of heaven because she certainly deserves it. By the way, I still make her chicken cacciatore recipe also.
    Jann Marie Lighthart

  • JAMIE AND SHERRY CHANDLER Posted June 5, 2020 8:31 am

    We are so sad to hear about the families loss. Aunt Helen was always so kind and genuine to our family. We know she is at peace and happy to be with Uncle Louis again, Her suffering is over. Our condolences to you all. We totally understand your sadness during this time of sorrow losing Joyce not so long ago. Sending prayers and hugs to all of you!!!!!!

  • Dan and Dawn Jacobsen Posted June 5, 2020 9:10 am

    We are saddened by the news of Helens passing to God but are comforted by knowing she is with Lou now. Our prayers are with you.

  • Cathie & Dick Schuster Posted June 5, 2020 3:08 pm

    We are sending LOVE to the entire family, You are now and will be in our thoughts. She and her husband were quite proud of their family. She always made sure I received my candy when ever Lou would visit me. !!!

  • keith Thompson Posted June 5, 2020 5:01 pm

    So sorry for your loss

  • Kathleen McGinn Beiting Posted June 6, 2020 7:20 am

    Maria and family: my condolences on the death of your mother. I know what a difficult journey this is. Strength, peace, prayers.

  • Terri Polson Posted June 6, 2020 7:32 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Nick Rahfaldt Posted June 6, 2020 11:45 am

    We are sad to hear about the loss of your mother, Lou. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    Jim, Matt, and Nick Rahfaldt

  • Michael J Abraham Posted June 7, 2020 4:27 pm

    My prayers go out to Louis and Maria and their entire families for their loss. You mother was a wonderful caring lady. I’m. So sorry. May Jesus help put your hearts at ease.

  • Joe(Pippo) and Sandy Vacanti Posted June 8, 2020 9:22 am

    My cousin Helen was such a beautiful person. She was always kind and caring. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Louis Jr. and Maria and the whole Rotella family. We will miss her very much.

  • Dr. Craig R. Christiansen Posted June 8, 2020 12:15 pm

    Louis, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My wish for you is to remember happy times and smile at those memories. You have so many friends that support you. Please count me as one of those. My Condolences.

  • Bruce & Joan Prenosil Posted June 8, 2020 3:28 pm

    Helen was a beautiful person. We’ll never forget the first time we met her at Dairy Queen on 114th & Dodge years ago when we were there with our children! Our sympathies to all the family. God bless.

  • Jim Paldino Posted June 8, 2020 7:06 pm

    Louie and Family: Please accept our condolences on your loss. I have fond memories of Helen from our St. Ann days. Jim and Sharon Paladino

  • Vince Scarpello Posted June 9, 2020 11:14 am

    Sorry to hear of your loss.
    Sending up some prayers.

  • Joe Scarpello Posted June 9, 2020 11:19 am

    Louis, Maria, and the Rotella family, my sympathies. Remember many good times together in the St Ann neighborhood.Helen was such a great Lady.

  • Debbie & Larry Maschino Posted June 12, 2020 6:45 pm

    Lou, Kathi & family,
    We were saddened to read of your mother ‘s passing, May you find comfort in the memories you made together. Your parents left a loving legacy for your children & grandchildren.
    The Maschino family; Debbie, Larry & David

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