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Stella Helenson

Died: Tue., Jun. 3, 2014


Mass of Christian Burial

9:30 AM Sat., Jun. 28, 2014
Location: St. Colman Church


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Of Clermont, FL., formerly of Monroeville, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Beloved wife of the late Walter Helenson.

Brother of Chester D. Opalsky, Ph.D., of Arlington, VA.

Preceded in death by her brothers, Vincent and Stephen “Pal” Opalsky , her sisters, Laura Gorka, Walterine Palesky, Helen Breskovic, Chesteria “Jay” Sapet, her niece, Donna Mae Baldwin and her sister-in-law, Gertrude Patterson.

She will be missed by her 4 nephews and 9 nieces and many grandnephews and grandnieces.

Stella was born in Braddock on March 14, 1922, daughter of Antoinette and Stanislaus Opalsky. She married Walter on May 1, 1951 in St. Colman Church, Turtle Creek.

Stella worked for Gateway School District for many years. During retirement, she traveled with Walter to Europe, Mexico and Hawaii and visited nieces and nephews across the U.S.

Stella spent the last eight years in Clermont with her niece, Karen Berwick and her husband, Stephen. She loved to garden and enjoyed her home and listening to Johnny Mathis and music from the 1950’s.

There will not be a visitation.

Friends are welcome to share in a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Colman Church on Saturday, June 28 at 9:30. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be sent to the ‘Mike Conley Hospice House”, 2100 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont, FL 34711.

Arrangements by Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel Turtle Creek 412-823-9350.

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Karen Berwick
   Posted Sun June 22, 2014
Dear Aunt Stella, On Wednesday, June 25th, Steve and I will be traveling with you to Pittsburgh on your final journey back to your home as we promised. The last two years have been so hard for all of us. I know you are finally at peace. It is hard to let you go but I know I will see you again someday. We spent many wonderful times together and I treasure all of them. With Love, Karen, Steve and Family54

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