Maria Rita Hellstern
April 12, 1935 ~ February 13, 2003
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Maria Rita Hellstern, 67, of 5 Starnes Cove Drive, Asheville, died Thursday, February 13, 2003, at a local hospital. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she was a daughter of the late Salvatore and Maria Pecoraro Triolo. She was also preceded in death by three brothers. She worked as a teacher’s aide in the public school system and at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Mrs. Hellstern is survived by her husband, Frank Hellstern; three sons, Capt. Frank Hellstern, Jr. of Fairchild AFB, WA, John Hellstern of Fairview and Christopher Hellstern of Ridgefield, NJ; a sister, Yolanda Payne of Miami, FL; three grandchildren and several nieces. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm Saturday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Burial will be at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery, Miami, FL, at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Buncombe County Kidney Foundation, c/o Asheville Kidney Center, 10 McDowell Street, Asheville, NC 28801.