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Late afternoon on Christmas Day, John, her husband of 60 years, soul mate, lover and best friend, came to take her to that ether where souls gather. He has been waiting for Helen since Jan of 2008. She peacefully rested in the home of Carmen & Michelle where she was tenderly cared for since she left Hotel Helen the week before. She’s been in the constant care of her children Carmen (Michelle) & Cindy (Mike) for the last three years where she enjoyed Michelle’s gourmet cooking and Mike’s short order meals. Riding in a car was a pastime she always enjoyed. She never forgot “that she used to drive”. We reminded her and credited John for teaching her to drive on a stick shift. Helen was a crafty paper folding aficionado, Scrabble player and always solicited kisses from her family in Italian or Greek. She never missed seeing an American Flag or an airplane in the sky. The National Anthem or church organ music would still bring a tear to her eye.
The daughter of hard-working, immigrant parents, she began her life during the Great Depression. The second born of five offspring, raised in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago and a proud Eagle graduate of Lindbloom High School. Helen lived and raised her family in the Chrysler Village neighborhood of Chicago for over 63 years.
Grandmother to five loving and devoted grandchildren: Jennifer (John), Michael (April),Dan (Tracy), Jon (Kaylie), Mat (Kate), (Kelly). GiGi (great grandma) to eight: Olivia, Lexi, Haley, Abby, Nathan, MJ, Mia, and Addi. Little Sister to Betty, aunt of many, especially the attentive Linda and Paula, generational friend to many.