Obituary: Helen Ann Keeler Schulten, 88, owner of Darien’s Old MacDonald’s Farm

Helen Ann Keeler Schulten of North Branford, a former Darien resident who ran Darien’s Old MacDonald’s Farm for a quarter century, died Tuesday, April 24, in the Evergreen Woods Health Center. She was 88.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 7, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Isaac P. and Anna A. Trainor Keeler.

She and her late husband, John Spencer Schulten, owned and operated Old MacDonald’s Farm in Darien from 1954-81. The covered bridge can still be seen from the Post Road. When Mrs. Schulten moved to Evergreen Woods, she volunteered for more than 10 years in the on-site store and was the manager and chief purchaser. She even went to Stop & Shop for milk and eggs when the store ran out.

“She loved to read, knit, garden and take long walks outdoors in all kinds of weather,” her family said. She volunteered for the American Red Cross.

Mrs. Schulten is survived by seven children, Jess Schulten (wife Lillian DeSena) of Charleston, S.C., Dr. Richard Schulten (wife Jane Hamlin) of Guilford, Dr. Bren Schulten (wife Jane Reynolds) of Crete, Ill., Helen Rene vanGemert of Wayne, Pa., Marguerite Leigh Zaimes of Malvern, Pa., Christine Carter (husband Charlie) of Radnor, Pa. and Robert Schulten (wife Bridget Schulten) of Southport; 14 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Keeler of Palm Beach, Fla.

Besides her husband of 49 years, Mrs. Schulten was predeceased by her brother, Robert F. Keeler, who died in World War II.

Private gravesides serves were held this week at Lakeview Cemetery, New Canaan, with the Rev. Paul Whitmore of the Southport Congregations Church officiating.

Memorial donation may be made to the charity of your choice.