Scheff, Helene


Scheff, Helene, 83, of Blackstone Blvd, died January 27th, at Miriam Hospital.  She was the beloved wife of Edward Scheff for 64 years.  Born in Brooklyn, NY, a daughter of the late David and Ray (Feingold) Kahn, she had lived in North Kingstown for 51 years, previously living in Warwick and Amherst, MA. She was a dance educator and administrator for 55 years.  Helene attended Brooklyn College. She was a member of Temple Shalom, Dance Alliance of RI, National Dance Education Organization, and La Leche League International.

Devoted mother of Cantor Fredric Scheff and his wife, Carrie, of North Providence, Jordan Scheff and his wife, Elizabeth, of Vernon, CT, Daniel Scheff and his wife, Kris, of Longmeadow, MA, and Carolyn Steward and her husband, Matthew, of Warwick.   Dear sister of Regina Miller and her husband, Donald, of Hartford, CT and Bryna Perlman and her husband, Daniel, of Carbondale, CO.  Loving grandmother of 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild and adoring aunt and cousin.

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Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 31st at 11:00 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to National Dance Education Organization, 8609 Second Avenue, Suite #203B, Silver Spring, MD.  Shiva will be observed at the home of Cantor Fredric and Carrie Scheff, 42 Lookout Avenue, North Providence, Wednesday February 1 and Thursday February 2, from 4 PM – 7 PM.




  1. Ricki F Wasserman
    Jan 29, 2023

    Dear family….

    May your memories of my dear cousin, Helene, sustain you, comfort you, strengthen you, and bring a smile to your face before tears in your eyes!

    With all my love and warm hugs,


  2. Dr Eric Perlman
    Jan 29, 2023

    Our condolences and prayers are with you. We are so sad for your loss ,may her memory be a blessing. sending love to all . Eric and Janelle

  3. Nancy Peterson
    Jan 29, 2023

    May Helene’s memory be a blessing to all who loved her. My deepest condolences on her unexpected death. It’s so hard.

  4. Todd and Jackie Ramsey
    Jan 29, 2023

    So sorry to the entire Scheff family for your loss. Please accept our condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  5. Scherie and Murtaza Nurbhai
    Jan 30, 2023

    Helene was a wonderful person and will be missed by many her friends and family and will be remembered by the countless students she touched in her life.

  6. Padmavati Patel
    Jan 30, 2023

    Scheff Jordon & Family,

    So sorry to hear your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.

    Dr Patel & Family.

  7. Josh Scalora
    Jan 30, 2023

    My thoughts and condolences are with the Scheff family, and hope for the comfort of fond memories in this time of grieving and remembrance.

  8. Vannessa Dorantes
    Jan 30, 2023

    The leadership of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families extends sympathy to our colleague, Commissioner Jordan Scheff and his family on the passing of his dear mother. Cmsr Scheff is a shining example of his mom’s legacy as he leads with compassion, empathy and advocacy for some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens. We share in this commitment to serve with him and are so very sorry for your loss. May you all be comforted by fond memories. “Dance is a language beyond words, expressing that for which we have no words-“ JdL
    CT DCF Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes

  9. Susie Adler
    Jan 30, 2023

    I will miss our chats. May her memory be for a blessing

  10. Diane Gualtieri
    Jan 31, 2023

    Dear family of Helene,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Helene was always so kind and loving to me. She always made me feel like family. She always had so much more faith in me than I had in myself. I am so grateful to you, Ed and Fred, for encouraging me to go to RI College and to Helene for getting me involved with Chance to Dance. You took me into the bosom of your family and I will never forget that.

    Thank you for all the smiles and laughs, Helene, when I would wish you a Merry Christmas or a Happy Easter! Thank you for the fun meetings at school or at your house for dinner. My best intelligent contributions was usually in bringing the pastry! I loved coming to give you a hug at PPAC as you worked the t-shirt and gift table.

    I will always have you in my heart. Please forgive me for any time I may have hurt you or offended you. You will always be in my prayers and so will your beautiful family. Thank you for all you did for me. I love you. Rest In Peace in the Lord’s loving embrace.
    Diane xo

  11. Janelle N Peotter
    Jan 31, 2023

    Sending love to your whole family on the loss of your dear Helene. Eric and I have made a donation to the National Dance Education Organization in her honor – sounds like it is an amazing organization. We will join you virtually for the services.

  12. Daniel Lewis
    Jan 31, 2023

    Edward, I send my deepest sympathies for your loss. I loved Helene as a colleague and an early member of the high school of performing arts dance program. I feel the Lost of a close friend. RIP dear Helene. Daniel Lewis

  13. Lynn Monson
    Jan 31, 2023

    My deepest condolences to Helene’s family and friends. She was dear colleague and friend.

  14. R. Pearl Gershon
    Jan 31, 2023

    So sorry to hear about your loss. She was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Pearl

  15. Rima Faber
    Jan 31, 2023

    Helene (and I address this to you in whatever form you might be),
    I shall always cherish the 10 years we worked together so closely on NDEO conferences. In our check-ins every morning I could greet each day basking in your warmth and hilarious perspective with which you approached all the problems and issues confronting us.
    In my mind you shall always remain on your throne next to the Registration Table, waving your cane and commanding the conference kingdom you organized.
    We have stayed in touch since then…and always will.
    To her entire clan, I extend deep sympathy. She spoke of you often to me and I know how much she loved each of you. May you keep the treasures she gave you in your hearts.
    The Love is forever.

  16. Jean Benda
    Jan 31, 2023

    Dear Ed, Fred, Jordan, Carolyn and Daniel, spouses, grand children and the little one great grandchild,

    Chris and I embrace you in your sorrow and may you find peace in knowing all those that knew Helene were truly blessed with her kindness, setting a strong example for all to live up to and for her compassion in helping others achieve what they didn’t think they could. We will miss her greatly after 40 plus years of being good friends and being her dance student for so many of those years. Her memory will remain as one of the happiest periods of my life having known and loved her.

    Jean Benda

  17. Gary and Linnea Kob
    Feb 13, 2023

    Dearest Eddie, children and grandchildren. We are deeply saddened to hear of Helene’s passing. She was a special person and loved by all who knew her. May your memories and the love that surrounds you give you peace and comfort at this difficult time.

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