HELEN ALEXIS RUSGIS MILLS

Helen Alexis Rusgis Mills, 81 of Fairfield, wife of the late Leslie "Jerry" Mills, died Jan. 14, 2010.

Born in Bridgeport to the late Anthony and Veronica Rusgis, she was a lifelong area resident. A graduate of Central High School, Mills was a freelance writer and a bookkeeper throughout her career.

She is survived by a brother, Stanley Rusgis of Bridgeport; a niece, Susan Ernsky Long of Newtown, Pa.; a nephew, Gerald Ernsky of Webster Groves, Mo.; five great nieces and nephews; as well as her best friends, August and MaryAnn Firgau of Huntington.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mills was preceded in death by a brother, Victor Rusgis; and sister, Lillian Rusgis Ernsky.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, April 2, at 4 p.m. at the Southport Congregational Church; interment will follow in the church's memorial gardens.

The Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield, is in charge of the arrangements. To send an online condolence, visit www.shaughnesseybanksfuneralhome.com