Helen L. Pilert, 84, homemaker, volunteer

Helen L. Pilert, a homemaker and Red Cross volunteer, died of pneumonia Thursday at the Heron Point Community in Chestertown, where she had lived for the past three years. The former Guilford resident was 84.

Born Helen Louise Lederer in Baltimore and raised on Boxhill Lane, she was a 1938 graduate of Friends School. She played varsity field hockey, tennis and basketball at Friends, and was president of the school's honor society. She earned an English degree at what was then Connecticut College for Women.


During World War II, she worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and helped arrange military troop transports.

In 1943, she married her childhood sweetheart, Marshall Lee Pilert, an advertising executive. They lived on Norwood Road in Guilford until moving to Old Greenwich, Conn., in 1952. He died in 2000.


Mrs. Pilert did volunteer work for the American Red Cross blood bank and was a member of the Garden Club of Old Greenwich and the American Association of University Women.

She was a communicant of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rock Hall.

She enjoyed travel, tennis and bridge, and raised golden retrievers.

Services were held Monday in Chestertown.

Survivors include a son, Michael B. Pilert of Zephyrhills, Fla., and two daughters, Anne Pilert Engelskirchen of St. Michaels and Barbara L. Pilert of Baltimore.