January 18, 1929 ~ May 27, 2019
Helen Hope Colgan, age 90, of Alameda California, died on May 27, 2019 in Alameda, CA. She was born Helen Hope Evans on January 18, 1929 in Duluth, Minnesota, daughter of the late John Leonard Evans and Amy Magnusson Evans.
Helen went to grade school and high school in Duluth, after which she attended Carleton College for two years before transferring to the University of Wisconsin where she graduated with a major in dance. She worked college summers in youth camps and at Yellowstone National Park.
After graduation, she taught dance in New York City before moving back to the Twin Cities and working for several years in the insurance industry. Tiring of the cold weather, she moved west, where she met Bill Colgan. They were married in 1956. She resided in the Oakland hills, at Lake Tahoe for over thirty years, in Lake Havasu City, and finally coming back to the Bay Area, living in Alameda.
Helen traveled extensively - first to various western states on Spring breaks, then overseas, including Iceland, Hawaii, Russia, China, Baja California, cruising the Straits of Magellan, Greece, and following Marco Polo's travels along the Route of the Caravans. In her sixties, she returned to US destinations taking nearly forty Elder Hostel programs.
She loved dogs, and when she didn't have one of her own in tow, she would walk whoever in the neighborhood was willing to follow.
Helen always enjoyed writing, She was first published in a newspaper when she was eight - winning second prize in a local contest. Later, she co-edited her High School newspaper. While raising a family, she continued to write and publish stories of her travels and poetry, especially Haiku.
Helen is survived by husband Bill Colgan of Alameda, California and three sons - Curtis Struck of Ames, Iowa; Sean Colgan (Louise) of Newark, California; and Evan Colgan of Montvale, New Jersey with his three children William, Annie, and Laura Colgan. She was preceded in death by her brother Robert Evans and sister Martha Evans.