Hear about Helen's experience in her own words through the Grand Valley State Oral history project.
Helen played in 31 games in her one year with the Fort Wayne Daisies. She lost her spot to high profile, heavy hitter Betty Weaver Foss and became a utility infielder. She was greatful for her year in the league, and said it was the best thing that ever happened to her.
Helen had two children, three grandchildren, and a great grandchild.
Helen Julia (Ketola) LaCamera, 85, of Edgewater, FL, passed away on December 1, 2016 after a brief illness. Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, she lived in the Squantum section of Quincy before moving to Edgewater in 1981.
Helen was an outstanding athlete at Quincy High School. After graduating, she had a tryout with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) in 1954 and played for the Fort Wayne Daisies that season. She was an accomplished candlepin bowler and enjoyed golfing. (Photo taken at the Oct. 2016 AAGPBL Reunion in Sarasota, FL. Courtesy of Donna McLin.)
Perhaps her most enjoyable past time was being behind the wheel of her car. She loved to drive. Her annual journey to Massachusetts to visit family and friends in the summer was a subject of much family debate. She would drive up north solo well into her 70’s. The family gave up trying to stop her
More importantly, Helen was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Helen is predeceased by her husband Joseph and is survived by a son, a daughter and son in law, 3 grandchildren, and a great grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, it was requested that donations be made to AAGPBL at aagpbl.org. Arrangements were private.
Author: Daytona Beach News-Journal
Contributed By: Jean Pohl
Copyright: Daytona Beach News-Journal 12/4/2016