Helen Hope Colgan

Helen Hope Colgan, 90, of Alameda died on May, 27, 2019, in Alameda. She was born Helen Hope Evans on Jan. 18, 1929, in Duluth, Minn., daughter of the late John Leonard Evans and Amy Magnusson Evans.

Helen went to grade school and high school in Duluth, then 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, 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 60s, she returned to U.S. destinations taking nearly 40 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 and three sons: Curtis Struck of Ames, Iowa; Sean Colgan (Louise) of Newark, Calif.; and Evan Colgan of Montvale, N.J. with his three children William, Annie and Laura Colgan.

She was preceded in death by her brother Robert Evans and sister Martha Evans.