In 1981, Helen moved from New York with her husband, Bruno, and their children to the town of Glen Ellen, in California's Sonoma Valley. They started a winery, developing the low-priced Glen Ellen and M.G. Vallejo brands, which they sold to Heublein in 1993.
Helen is survived by seven children, Christopher, Gerard, Michael, Joseph, Katherine, Patsy and Robert, and 14 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on May 19 at St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church in Agua Caliente, Calif. A visitation will be held there on May 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Valley of the Moon Hospice, the Becoming Independent nonprofit organization or the Boys' and Girls' Club of Sonoma Valley.
-- Daniel Sogg