Thursday, March 7, 2013
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HELEN 'ELENA' BARCELLO LARSEN

June 4, 1912-March 2, 2012

Helen "Elena" Barcello Larsen, 100, a resident of Key West, departed this life Saturday, March 2, 2012, with her only son at her side.

Helen, an original Conch, was born at home on Whitehead Street in Key West, Fla., on June 4, 1912, to Carmen and Jose Barcello. This was the same year that the Titanic sank and Flagler's railway to Key West was completed. Helen was known by many Conchs as the manager of the Top Value Stamp Redemption Store, located on South Duval Street.

Helen loved people, tap dance and the Rhumba, winning first place seven years straight in the "Showstopper" national dance competition. In the movie "The Rose Tattoo," Helen was cast as one of the busybody ladies running after Burt Lancaster; Helen was in front, hanging on to his shirt to keep up with him.

Helen "Elena" was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Carmen, and brother Antonio (Tony) Barcello. She is survived by her son, Victor "Vic" Larsen Jr., cousin, Mercedes "Mercy" Hernandez, nephew, Jack Larsen, and his wife, Louise "Honey," and grandniece, Debbie Larsen Dye.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, in the Catholic section of the Key West Cemetery.