• Helju Marie Stim died at home on November 22, 2019 in Maple Glen, PA, at the age of 90.

    Helju was born in Polva, Estonia, in 1929. She and her family fled their homeland during the Soviet occupation of Estonia during World Word II and then lived in the Geislingen refugee camp in Germany as displaced persons for 4 years. She immigrated to the US in 1949. Helju earned her BS in Medical Technology and a MS in Microbiology from Temple University. She worked as a Microbiologist at Merck for nearly 10 years, where she met Tom, her husband of 57 years.

    Helju, born Helju Agatha Torop, is survived by husband, Dr. Thomas B. Stim; children, USAF Ret. Major Christopher Stim, Andrew Stim (Priscilla House), Susan Stim VanHouten (Darren), Alicia Marigliano (Peter); grandchildren Sarah, Caroline, and John Stim; Ellie and Lila VanHouten; and Emma, Annika, Sofia, and Cecilia Marigliano; and her beloved nephew Andres Torop.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Bertha Torop (nee Loo) of Rosma, Estonia, and Vineland, NJ, and her brothers Meini Forapson of Ottawa, Canada, and Aadi Torop of Vineland, NJ.

    Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church in Maple Glen, PA.  Viewing will take place from noon to 1pm and funeral Mass from 1 to 2 pm. 

    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Helju to one of the following: (1) the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, online at www.dementiasociety.org; or (2) the Lake George Land Conservancy, 4905 Lake Shore Drive, P.O. Box 1250, Bolton Landing, New York, 12814, online at www.lglc.org.

    Arrangements by Shaeff-Myers Funeral Home

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    • We want to extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Stim family. We have so many wonderful memories of our families together for so many years and Helju was always such a wonderful and warm person. When ever we came to the lake she would always have special treats for Katie and Sarah. She will be greatly missed!
      With Deepest Sympathy
      John, Maureen, Katie and Sarah Blaum

      November 24, 2019 John.& Maureen Blaum
    • Dear Stim family, you are in our prayers during this difficult period.
      Love, Harriet Woodward

      November 25, 2019 Harriet Woodward
    • A am very grateful to God for having know Helju and her family it was always a cause of great joy. Helju has a especial person for me.May God have her with him and keep the family always United in the love of God✝️✝️

      November 27, 2019 Terezinha Barbosa
    • Our daughter Priscilla House married Helju ‘s son Andrew, therefore we came to know , love and appreciate Helju. She and Tom always exhibited deep Christian beliefs which we share. My dear wife Joan also passed on to Heaven in August. My sympathy and understanding grief goes out to Tom and his entire family. Charles House.

      November 27, 2019 Charles House
    • In the 14 months I was privileged to know Helju, I grew to love and cherish her. I will miss her beautiful smile and twinkling eyes and her friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May God Bless and comfort you

      December 3, 2019 Paula Collar

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