Albert E. Helzner

Published June 14, 2016, issue of June 16, 2016.

Albert E. Helzner, of Marblehead and Peabody, died peacefully on June 13, 2016 – one month before his 93rd birthday – with his family around him. Loving husband of Audrey Frye Helzner, father of Judith Frye Helzner and her husband Robert Bernstein of Chicago, Ill., and father of Ronnee Helzner and her husband Robert Specht of Pinos Altos, N.M. Grandfather of Valerie Strozek and her husband Lukasz and of Matthew Bernstein. Great-grandfather of Iza Strozek, who brought light and joy to his life. Brother of Manuel Helzner of Gaithersberg, Md., and of the late Dorothy Helzner Daffe of Salem.

The son of the late Bessie and Samuel Helzner, he was born and educated in Lynn. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and from Northeastern University with a M.Ed. in Mathematics and taught prep school math. A career engineer, he holds a patent in recycling of chemical byproducts and was published in the professional journal Chemical Engineering. He was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Registered Professional Engineer in the States of Massachusetts, New York and Florida. He traveled all over the world as part of his job.

Mr. Helzner was a Mass­achusetts State Class A Chess champion in 1966. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 361st Division of the U.S. Army Corps of engineers in Japan, the Phillipines, France and Great Britain. He volunteered for many years at the Boston Museum of Science.

He was Co-treasurer of the North Shore Tufts Club (1967-1974) and a member of Temples Shalom of Salem and Temples Israel and Shirat Hayam of Swampscott. He also enjoyed writing, playing bridge, and wintering in Florida with his wife.

Through his writing, humor, and passion for science, Albert Helzner shared his awe and exploration of the world around us. Fascinated with complex principles and a love of nature’s wonders, Mr. Helzner especially enjoyed sparking enthusiasm in young people.

A prolific writer of science and philosophy, the title of his first book, “From The Spirit Of ‘76 And Other Thoughts” was inspired by his home of Marblehead, where the original painting by that name hangs in the Town Hall. Currently in the editing process is his book, “To Wonder In Wonder: The Physcal World Around Us.” Among his many other interests, he especially enjoyed listening to opera. However, love of his family had been the light of his life; he was ever an adoring and supportive husband to his wife and dance partner Audrey and his two daughters, Judith and Ronnee.

He is remembered for his many acts of kindness to others, as well small joyful acts such as making sand mazes at Preston Beach, making a penny “disappear” and his puns and jokes.

Services at Brooksby Village Chapel, 100 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody on Wednesday, June 15, at 12:30 PM. Interment at Sons of Jacob Cemetery, Danvers. Memorial observance at his home following the interment; on Thursday, June 16, from 2:00-5:30 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM; and on Friday, June 17, from 2:00-5:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott, MA 01907. Arrangements by Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem. For online condolences, please visit

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