Helen Marie (nèe Cadigan) Sigda

  • Born: March 3, 1935
  • Died: March 27, 2020
  • Location: Norwood, Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Family Funeral Home

301 Chester Pike
Norwood, PA 19074

Tel. (610) 532-3120

Tribute & Message From The Family

Helen Marie Sigda nèe Cadigan

Helen Sigda, age 85, died in the early hours of Friday 27 March. A woman of intelligence, grace, sly wit, and quiet determination, Helen showered us all with love as daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Helen was born 3 March 1935 in Somerville MA, the eldest daughter of Michael and Catherine Cadigan. She left her beloved family home to marry Walter J. Sigda of Chester, PA on 2 August 1958 and to raise their own family in Delaware County, residing in Norwood since 1968.

Having worked as telephone operator, waitress, and nanny, Helen's skills and hard work were manifest while raising her family and managing her home. She was particularly skilled at ensuring you understood her opinion with as few words as possible. Helen delighted in reading - whether by herself or with others, ice cream, the beach, and time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandson.

Helen is survived by Walter, her husband of 61 years, and their eight children: John M. Sigda, PhD and his wife Dr. Rebecca G. Rogers of Austin, TX; Christopher M. Sigda and his wife Cathleen A. Sigda of Norwood, PA; Walter J. Sigda, Jr. and his wife Noreen G. Brogan, Esq. of Alpharetta, GA; Mary Kay Sigda and her husband Greg M. Moreau of Brattleboro, VT; Joseph S. Sigda and his wife Joanna I. Sigda of Ambler, PA; Paula A. Sigda of Brattleboro, VT; Matthew Sigda and his wife Nicole A. Sigda of Media, PA; and Jane M. Sigda, Esq. and her husband James M. Lally of New York City, NY.

Helen is survived by 12 grandchildren: Christopher, Krystle, Stephen, Zachariah, Emily, Hannah, Gabriela, Jackson, Natalie, Maxwell, Elizabeth, and James, and her great-grandson, Wyatt. Her sister Patricia Christiansen of Billerica, MA and brother Emmett Cadigan of Medford, MA also survive her, together with many nieces and nephews.

A private viewing and service will be held at the Cavanagh Family Funeral Home in Norwood, PA.

Helen's family wish to acknowledge with joy and gratitude the wonderful care, dedication, and love provided to her by the staff of Little Flower Manor in Darby PA during her residence there.

In lieu of flowers, Helen's family ask that donations be made to Little Flower Manor, either by check (addressed to Little Flower Manor, 1201 Springfield Rd, Darby, PA 19023) or via the GoFundMe page the family has established to benefit Little Flower: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-helen-cadigan-sigda-memorial-fund?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet

Condolence & Memory Journal

Mike Fletcher and the entire Fletcher family send their condolences to all the Sigda Family. Sounds like she was a special lady.

Posted by Mary Fletcher - Murrells Inlet, SC   April 02, 2020


Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt and the whole Sigda family. I didn't know your Mom well but from reading her obituary I can tell she was a special lady.

Posted by Mary Ellen Fletcher - Murrells Inlet, SC - Friend   April 02, 2020

My deepest condolences to the entire Sigda Family. Growing up in Norwood and being part of that family as a child I have many wonderful memories.Mrs. sigda always had a warm and welcoming smile on her face. Please know that Iam thinking of all of you at this time.

Posted by Liz Soto (Franz) - Chichester, PA - Friend   April 01, 2020


Harry and I are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

Times like this are never easy, but try to focus on all the happy moments you've shared over the years. God bless.

Posted by Harry & Dianne Dougherty - PROSPECT PARK   March 31, 2020

Our sincerest condolences to the Sigdas. We only come to know Helen through Matt ands his family who are kind, sincere, thoughtful and welcoming. It truly seems that her legacy will continue to vibrantly live through them. And for that, we are all thankful for the life she lived.

Posted by White - Perez Family    March 31, 2020

We are all so saddened to hear about the loss of our Auntie Helen. She was a true role model; the quintessential tough, classy, Irish lady. She was a lady's lady and I'm blessed to be called her niece. May she rest in sweet peace and enjoy Heaven with our family. Love to my family in PA.xo

Posted by Kellie Mitchell - Tewksbury, MA - Family   March 30, 2020

To Walt and the whole Sigda family. I am so sorry about your mom. I have such great memories of hanging at your house. She was a wonderful woman. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Lisa Donovan - Woodlyn,Pa   March 30, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. My prayers are with you and your family.
Jerry Carson

Posted by A friend   March 29, 2020

To the Sigda family,
My sincere condolences,
I not only had the pleasure to know Helen as a mother figure.And a friend,But I also had the pleasure to work with Helen,what a great lady.
Helen and Walt raised a great family,a family with great values that are shown throughout her children.There are a lot of memories that I'm going to remember about Helen,to many to to address in this segment.But if everyone who knew Helen,could pass on 1 of her family values.The world would be a much better place.

Posted by Charles Campbell - Chaddsford, PA   March 29, 2020


Our deepest sympathy to Walt and family on Helen's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Butch & Barb Gricco

Posted by Joseph Gricco - NORWOOD, PA - Friend   March 29, 2020

My heart goes out to all the family members and friends of Helen Sigda. I had the privilege of meeting Helen and spending special time with her, Walt and there family. My sincere condolences to Helen's family. I'm looking forward to my next visit with the family. Love and hugs to all in this sad time. We will keep Helen in our hearts forever.

Posted by Kathy Wauson - Albia, IA - Family Friend   March 28, 2020


My condolences to the (Cadigan) Sigda family. May you all come together and relish all the fond memories of your wife/sister/mother/grandmother. Thinking of you and praying for love and peace.

Posted by Michelle Snetsinger - Merrimack,NH - Friend   March 28, 2020

Dear Jane:

I am very sad to hear of your mom Helen passing on. I have always appreciated very much the many wonderful stories you have shared with me about her and I pray that her legacy continues with you and your beautiful family. May she Rest in Peace.

My condolences,

Posted by Beatriz Romero - Monroe, NY - Coworker   March 27, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the (Cadigan) Sigda Families for the loss of your loved one, Helen Marie, and pray God gives you comfort, peace and strength.

Posted by JW/JKH    March 27, 2020

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