Helen L "Bami" Kaun

March 12, 1930June 4, 2013

Helen Loraine Masian “Bami” Kaun March 12, 1930 – June 4, 2013

Helen Loraine Masian Kaun (“Bami”) was born March 12, 1930 in Hamtramck, MI. Astute friends will notice she has died at age 40. She was a first generation American born of Polish immigrants. She was proud to be an American though she cherished her Polish heritage. She was married to Wallace Kaun for 40+ years, and though they parted she kept close ties with his large Russian family. The union produced three children: Gail (Chuck), Lori, and Paul (Kim) who all survive her. In 1968 Helen moved with her family to Athens, GA, where she remained until her death. She spent many years working at the General Time Corporation, and after her retirement she fulfilled a life long dream of visiting the Vatican in Italy. Since retirement didn’t suit her very well she returned to work at the Environmental Protection Agency in Athens where she stayed until 2011. In recent time Helen became ill and bore her infirmity with extreme dignity. She was a faithful parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church for over forty years and attended Mass every Saturday evening until nearly the end. Helen taught us all the meaning of loving each other despite our many human frailties, including her own. Besides her children “Bami” is survived by five grandchildren: Katie (Bruce), Ryan, Eric, Kaylin and Jamie. Her children, grandchildren, and numerous friends will miss her sense of humor and zest for life. They will spend many years trading “Bami” stories and appreciating that she never left us, she just used up her nine lives. A funeral mass will be 11AM Saturday, June 8th, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with interment to follow at Evergreen Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Bernstein from 6pm-8pm Friday, June 7th with a Rosary being said at 8PM. On line condolences may be made at Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in charge of arrangements


  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2013

Helen L "Bami" Kaun

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irene rev.21:4

June 21, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Mildred Lyle

June 8, 2013

I am saddened to learn about the passing of Helen. We worked together at General Times and stayed in contact for several years. She was a very caring person and funny, too. We shared many family stories.... She attended our marriage in 1987, came to our home in 1999 to congratulate me on my UGA graduation, and attended my retirement reception - Athens First in 2001. We exchanged Christmas cards for several years. She was always smiling and, we enjoyed seeing each other.

George & Denise Jones

June 8, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers for the family and friends on the passing of their loved one.May God keep you....

Sabrina Heim

June 7, 2013

To my wonderful cousins and your families, we send so much love and many prayers your way. Our hearts are with you today, tomorrow and in the days to come. I knew my Aunt Helen a long time and I have very fond memories. Distance kept me from knowing her truly as well as we all would have liked. I believe I knew her heart. And, I think the wonderful children/grandchildren she leaves with us are testament to what a special person she was. God's Blessings.

Sabrina, John and Stephanie

Jill Staton Bullard

June 7, 2013

Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Losing "mom", no matter what we called her or what our relationship was, is hard. Sending love and prayers to all.

Lisa Roux

June 7, 2013

Lori and Katie I am sorry for the loss of you Mom and Grandmother. She sounds like she was a beautiful lady. I am sure you will miss her. I know that she has a beautiful daughter and granddaughter. My prayers will be with you.

June 7, 2013

Lori, I am so very sorry for your loss,I know how you love your sweet Mama.Prayers to you and your family. Beth (Hawkinsville, Ga.)

Kay Millar

June 7, 2013

Such a lovely, classy lady! I worked with Helen at EPA, and she was a breath of fresh air. I loved her spunk, independence, warmth, and wicked sense of humor. I'll miss her sweet spirit.

Jerri Ozburn

June 7, 2013

Oh. the memories about a wonderful friend. Sad news.

Shirley Seagraves

June 7, 2013

To this day I remember the first time I met your Mom. She was a wonderful person and when she was around there was not a dull moment. She will be missed by each and every life she touched. May God be with you and your loved ones in the coming days. Love you.