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Helen Ederer

October 29, 1953 ~ March 29, 2020

Helen Ederer, 66, died 29 March 2020, at home with family. She was the daughter of Peter Eustis and Anne Duncan Eustis. She attended Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, VA, graduated from Brown University, and received her master’s degree from Georgetown University. She worked closely with her husband in real estate development and was a real estate broker in Vero Beach, FL. Helen’s passions in life were teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique, education, and competitive open water swimming. Helen traveled around the world teaching TM and enjoyed open water swims in the US and Caribbean. Helen is survived by her husband of 37 years, David Ederer, and her siblings, Frederic Augustus Eustis III, Robert Duncan Eustis and Anne Eustis Hough. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Online condolences may be shared at


Charlie and Marguerite Heath

April 10, 2020, 2:46 am

David, Marguerite and I send our loving thoughts to you. What a noble mark Helen has left upon our world. I will always remember our time together leading the first Maharishi Vedic Astrology classes in Canada. We traveled each week from Seattle to Victoria on a Friday onboard the Princess Marguerite and returned on the following Monday for 6 straight weeks of weekend classes. A gorgeous traverse through the Puget Sound with a wonderful friend. Her presentations were intelligent and sublime and she always made certain that everyone in class didn’t miss a thing. On behalf of all her students through the years, we are grateful for her sharing her understanding, experience and grace with us. God bless dear Helen.

Elsie Smith

April 10, 2020, 3:08 am

Dear Helen, What a bright spark, and so kind. You will be missed! Enjoy your angel wings!
Till next time!
Elsie Smith

Jane Bialosky

April 10, 2020, 1:40 pm

Helen took my breath away, her dignity and kindness, her majesty and simplicity, her purposefulness and patience.
Her speech was melodious, and her laughter had the grace of speech, and her speech had the delight of laughter. Helen’s beauty was sublime composure. Her virtue shone as a guiding star. Her love for David and his love for her are too tender a truth not to set aside for now.
Helen did not like the aquarium in the Thai restaurant. Her heart would not allow any creature to be denied its freedom to swim in an ocean of bliss.
Grief is natural. Helen, please forgive us if we ask for a little time before we set you free from us. For now, (and I promise it is just for now,) you are our every thought and feeling. It is only our love expressing itself in the ache of missing.

Guillermo Antonini

April 10, 2020, 8:54 pm

David, I just want to share our most sincere condolences for the passing of Helen. Even though, these are difficult times for you and your family, her guiding light will live forever in your hearts.

As incomprehensible as life is, it was a blessing for both of you to share all these years together. She is now in a better place sending all her love.

God Bless her and all of you.


Margi Gunn

April 10, 2020, 8:57 pm

Dear David,

Dick and I loved and were in awe of Helen. Now she joins Dick and other friends in the highest Heaven !

Helen leaves a large empty space in the earthly landscape, as she brings her vast and beautiful light on high.
Although we haven’t seen each other in a long time, I am sending love and condolence to you and to your entire family.
Blessings, Margi Gunn

Shellie Lackman

April 10, 2020, 9:09 pm

Shellie Lackman
April 10, 2020
Helen and I were buddies on the Phase 3 of our TTC course. We also did other courses together including being on a team in India. There has always been, through time and even on the silent level a deep connection with Our Dear Helen. We were on a course sitting on a bed when Helen announced to me with all the depth she had that she thought she would have to get married. It wasn’t long after that David proposed to her and one could feel the depth of her huge heart in her decision. Helen has always been loving, intelligent, warm, friendly, both serious and good humored and with a very devoted nature to whatever her heart or mind entertained. She has many great qualities and was a wonderful teacher in many areas as others will bear witness to. Having entered in to unboundedness both in the body and beyond the body her light and radiance will bless us all.
May Helen’s loving light and spirit protect you David and we keep you in our hearts always, Shellie and Michael

Ann Koch

April 10, 2020, 9:55 pm

Dear Helen was so kind , a rock of clarity too. She was clear and keen. May she be sublime in her release into her new realm . May those she left behind for now be soothed in their grief and great loss. Much Love
Ann Koch

Bob LoPinto

April 10, 2020, 10:16 pm

David – Bev and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and family. Helen was a pure expression of dignity, intelligence, good humor and a down-to-earth kind spirit. What a loving and generous soul. They say you can’t take it with you, but her exemplary life which she fundamentally employed for the good of others will most certainly lift her to the very highest heaven and beyond and shower blessings on her and the universe forever. We were all fortunate to know her and while we’ll miss her, we’re delighted knowing all good is hers.

Allura Adelson

April 10, 2020, 10:49 pm

Dear David,

Sending you my deepest condolences. Helen was warm and caring and, though she is where she needs to be, it is difficult for the rest of us to say good-bye. I remember time in Thailand, when I first met Helen. She helped me to refine my swim technique as we got to use the pool at our hotel every day after lunch. I still remember her demonstrating how to slap the water in the crawl and how to breathe correctly. If I still haven’t gotten the hang of it, it’s not for lack of Helen’s trying. She was, and probably still is, a bright light in our lives and will be sorely missed. Sending you waves of love.

David Scharf

April 11, 2020, 2:20 am

Helen and David came to help me and Susie administer the MVVT program in Antrim in 1999 and became dear friends. Helen is now with Susie in Heaven, sending their love, blessings and guidance down to us still here on Earth. Helen’s grace and beauty are legendary and Ayala and I send our love and deepest condolences to David.

Cynthia Lane

April 11, 2020, 5:38 pm

Beautiful Helen! A most precious friend, a wise, generous and tenderly loving human being, totally dedicated to bringing ever more expansion and joy into this world. She gifted her Joy, special Light and abundant love to many and her gifts will continue to flourish in this world and in the Light in which she now dwells.

Mahadev Prasad

April 11, 2020, 5:59 pm

MR David,
I want to share my heartfelt condolences at the sudden death of your wife Ms Helen. May her soul rest in peace. I remember meeting her she was my Cordinator in New Jersey for Maharishi Jyotish. What a pure soul, shining and smiling face and a great friend. Living Angel on the earth. I am saddened. I extend my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your wife. I miss her too, and stand with you during your time of grief.
God bless her soul and Rest In Peace.

Mahadev Prasad

April 11, 2020, 6:22 pm

Dear David,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences, words cannot begin to express the sadness you are feeling. God bless you and your family. may the soul of your wife rest in the everlasting peace In heaven.
I met Ms Helen in Maharishi Jyotish program back in 1996-97. She was my Cordinator for the program. I remember she walking to us every morning and asking for our wellness and if we need something for the day. She was such Devine soul person, shining and smiling face and Very friendly. She was very loving and caring. I always felt blessed and proud to have her as my Cordinator and good friend.
I extend my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your wife. I miss her too, and stand with you during your time of grief. I pray for her. She was as living angel.God bless her soul and Rest In Peace in heaven.

Doug and Francie Greenfield

April 12, 2020, 1:33 am

We feel very fortunate to have shared part of Helen’s journey through life. One of the sweetest experiences in Vero Beach was having Helen as our cherished friend. Sharing our beach life together was fun and blissful. Our many swims, boating, snorkeling, movies, dinners and walks were always the highlight of our visits. Even David had fun!
We know that her deep and devoted love for David, and his love for her will always be continued. They both represented a perfect union of love, friendship and sharing. Helen will be missed by all, but her unbounded spirt, grace and dignity will be in our hearts forever. We were the lucky ones who shared this last chapter of Helen’s life.

With much love,
Doug and Francie Greenfield

Jani Rasera

April 12, 2020, 6:28 am

Dearest Helen. Here we all are searching, hopelessly, for the words that could adequately sing your praise—your kindness, wisdom, generosity, naturalness, simplicity, intelligence, comfort-in-your-own skin, world-class TM teaching, incomparable service as a wife, unconditional sisterly love—yet what always struck me the most about you, was how incredibly “the same” you treated everyone who had the good fortune to cross your path. From grocery workers, to gas station attendants, to health care providers, to dearest friends, to immediate family, to adored husband, you treated everyone with the same natural kindness, overflowing generosity, and true-to-the core- appreciation and respect. Your natural humility is your unparalleled greatness and your greatness is very very humbling.

In our selfishness, we would have loved to have kept your perfection amongst us, but it is clear that you earned and deserve now a higher existence. At least we know that even the boundary between your realm and ours could not and will not prevent you from continuing to shower your blessings on us. So we are sending you, continuously, all our love, appreciation, respect, and wishes for you to soar high in your divine new reality and to float in unparalleled fulfillment eternally. We love you.

Patti Morrow

April 12, 2020, 8:35 pm

Had the opportunity to meet Helen when I worked with Mr and Mrs Eustis. She was a lovely lady like her mother. Was shocked to hear the news of her passing. Condolences to her husband David, her siblings, Rick, Robert and Annie and family.

Jennifer Hawthorne & Lilli Botchis

April 13, 2020, 2:13 pm

We are so grateful that Helen was part of our Vero life. Her equanimity was unmatched, and her clarity of mind and voice will inspire us forever.

We will always remember you, dear Helen! You were and will continue to be a bright light guiding us all.

Dorothy Hudson

April 13, 2020, 3:20 pm

Helen, I miss you tremendously.  You were a good friend and I was fortunate to have you as my partner.  You were always so deeply at peace, even when circumstances were difficult. You were gentle, fair, clear thinking and ever hard-working. You were a kind, calming presence in my life.

We shared a love of photographing the natural world. Helen would send me photos of her underwater world from her travels. Such a joy seeing the turtles and sharks and brittle starfish.   She was multifaceted.  She loved poetry and open water swimming.  She shared her worlds and herself so freely. And I smile every time I think of our singing Madonna at the top of our lungs as you drove us to lunch.

David, her handsome husband, my thoughts are with you and with the rest of her family and friends who loved her so profoundly.

Susan Dudley

April 13, 2020, 3:53 pm

Dear David and the Eustis family,
May it soothe your hearts to know how deeply Helen was cherished and loved during her beautiful life. I taught TM with Helen over a period of many years. Her natural sweetness and purity of heart was balanced by her crystal clear intelligence and never failing resourcefulness. You could always count on Helen to find an equitable and creative solution to any problem. Her mind and heart were clear and open. No matter what situation life presented, Helen’s words and actions reflected innate compassion and kindness. It was an honor to know and love Helen.
May you find comfort in the eternal connection of love which can never be broken.

Gretchen and Nelson Cover

April 13, 2020, 9:14 pm

As we came to know Helen and David, we came to appreciate their very devoted relationship. We admired her and David’s intelligence, organization, persistence and teamwork in examining and evaluating every possible treatment option and were glad on occasion to be able to offer some insights and perspectives. We share with everyone a significant sense of loss.

Jeanne Vollmer

April 14, 2020, 12:55 am

I am so sorry for your loss, David. I didn’t know Helen well, but every encounter with her was delightful and uplifting. She always had a smile! I am happy you posted this, giving everyone the opportunity to express their feelings in lieu of the absence of hugs.
She will be missed very much. Blessing to you.
(I didn’t know about the open sea swimming… that is fun to know. I did know her dedication to TM and the movement.)

Rosalind Stowe

April 14, 2020, 6:23 pm

Dear David, Rick, Rob, Annie, Charlotte, and Sarah,
It’s not easy to say farewell to one who was such a loving, vibrant, positive force our lives. I was lucky to have known Helen from a young age. We met when we were 18 years old and have stayed buddies since then, sometimes not seeing each other for a while, but always connected on a deep level. She was such an extraordinary person – deeply intelligent, resourceful and creative, persistent, devoted, funny, full of feminine dignity, strong in body and mind. She was a water person through and through, and I sensed that she was happiest when in the sea. Now dear Helen is swimming blissfully in a Heavenly ocean, and we will have the sweet memories of her, inspiring and comforting us forever.
I send you my healing thoughts during this tender time.

Nancy Dudley

April 15, 2020, 12:16 am

Dear David and the Eustis Family,

When I think of Helen, I feel her ever-steady and clear Light. Helen did so much to spread peace and higher consciousness. Her life was purposeful—to awaken more light in our world. And she was quite successful in that…
Helen’s refined and graceful heart touched many. Just hearing the evenness in her voice, and her calm, balanced approach to any situation, one knew that everything would be OK.
I am truly grateful to have had Helen’s friendship in my life. She had such a deep and dignified wisdom about her!
I pray that you, David, and her dear Eustis family, always feel the steady comfort of Helen’s love for you. Her blessings truly continue, on and on…..

Wolfgang Esch

April 18, 2020, 8:20 am

Helen, you we’re simply and clearly the best person who ever walked on this earth. Your heart was ever full and your mind unbounded. The Creator has other plans for you now and you leave us with a memory full of joy to have known you and having the opportunity to share our lives with you. We treasure every moment.

Spencer Gill

April 19, 2020, 7:46 pm

I’m upset to learn of Helen Ederer’s passing. I knew her as Lyn Eustis at the Norfolk Academy. She was such a good person … a genuine Mensch .

Margaret and Rashi Glazer

April 20, 2020, 10:37 pm

My husband and I have many things to thank Helen for. As everyone knows she was a fabulous friend with a loving, generous heart. My personal prized quality of Helen is that she always brought out the best of me. In her presence and our time together I always rose to my highest self. Her natural, graceful evolution elevated everyone around her. She met ill health and approaching death with amazing courage and grace but embraced life with all of her strength. She was always thinking of others and how to improve their lives. We were so honored to be her friends.
Margaret and Rashi Glazer

Meg Custer

May 9, 2020, 7:18 am

Dear Helen, when I had the good fortune to get to know you just a few years ago, I found in you all the most noble qualities: Friendliness, intelligence, devotion, service, naturalness, dignity, and simplicity, in the very best sense of the word. You created the most beautiful home life for yourself and David, the kind of home where anyone who enters feels very settled and happy. I feel very blessed that nature allowed me to have your friendship in this lifetime. Your smile could light up the universe and now does.

Liz Brooks (Cole)

May 17, 2020, 3:38 am

Dear David,
I thought of you and Helen at the beginning of the month just out of the blue! I remembered what a kind and loving couple you were and such a calming and organizing force in Antrim. I appreciated your support and guidance in administering my duties there and so enjoyed the kindness and hospitality during my wonderful stay when I visited your home in Florida. May God bless you and keep you !

Barbara Harshberger

July 2, 2020, 7:24 pm

Brent and I send our deepest condolences to you David.
Helen was a very lovely and sweet person. We enjoyed our time with Helen when we lived in DC. Many happy times meditating at the Senate. I know she will looking down on us and sending her loving attention from Heaven.

Eric Parris

July 6, 2020, 1:55 am


My heartfelt condolences to you. You and Helen have always been a source of inspiration and amazement – from the time I first met you both back in our memorable Senate days. News of her passing comes as a shock, given her strength and vibrant nature — especially since Helen and I share day, month and year of birth. May you know peace and happiness as you move through life apart, yet still connected, as dear Helen enjoys boundless Bliss unencumbered by the limitations of this earth.

Eric Parris

July 6, 2020, 7:56 pm

Gone From My Sight
~ Henry Van Dyke

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
Spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until; at length, she hangs like a
speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle
with each other. Then, someone at my side says,
“There, she is gone.” — Gone where?
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull
and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight
to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me – not in her. And, just at the moment
when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
Ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

And that is dying…

Kim Sands

August 22, 2020, 8:52 pm

I last saw Helen about 3 years ago. She and her friend, Jani, were walking along the causeway to Scraggy Neck on Cape Cod. This was the summer home that the Eustis family have shared for generations. Helen LOVED her summer visits to Scraggy. She swam routinely in Buzzards Bay where she had swam every summer since childhood. Swimming was one of her BIG loves! It generated a feeling of Bliss in her. And although I know they are going to miss her, summer will always serve as a time when they will particularly remember her— just as we are remembering her today…

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