Vernon-Helen M. Oleksy, age 91, of State Rt. 5 Vernon, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 11, 2020, with her family at her side.
She was born in Westmoreland, New York, the daughter of Joseph and Julia Fedor. She shared her birthday, November 18, 1928, with her favorite Disney character Mickey Mouse. She was a graduate of Westmoreland Central School and continued her education as a medical stenographer where she later worked at the Utica State Hospital.
On September 19, 1953, Helen and the late Edward F. Oleksy were united in marriage in Holy Trinity Church of Utica and have shared this vow of over sixty three years together. Together, Helen, her husband Ed and their children ran their dairy farm in Vernon before retiring in 1982. Helen was a woman of dignity, class and generosity. She was happy and easy-going and enjoyed dancing and listening to her polka music. She taught the value of faith and family. She is loved and will be missed by many.
She leaves seven children, Marcia (Mark Young), Maureen (Tom Stoio), Marie Ellen, Nadine and husband Mark Murray, Nancy and husband Bill Shanahan, Lauren (Rick Manella) and William and wife Peggy Oleksy; eleven grandchildren, Joseph Prymas and wife Erin, Edward Prymas and wife Lindsay, Stephanie Boehlert, Shannon and Garrett Murray, Colton and Cassidy Shanahan, Austin, Carryn and Brianna Oleksy and Joshua Manella, two great grandchildren Adrienne and Andrew Prymas, three sisters-in-law Eva, Wanda and Carol and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her ten brothers Peter, John, James, Louis, Frank, Chester, Theodore, Edward, Stephen and Stanley and a sister, Frances.
Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Malecki Funeral Home, 23 Front Street, Vernon, NY. A Memorial Mass to celebrate Helen's life will be held on Monday March 16, 2020 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church, where she has been a member, 4343 Peterboro Street, Vernon, NY, 13476.Please consider donations to the Rome Polish Home or to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN, 38105. Arrangements are with the Malecki Funeral Home, Vernon. Online condolences may be sent to: maleckifuneralhome.com.
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