Helen M Cyna
April 12, 1926 – April 28, 2021
Helen M. Cyna (nee Harasimowicz)
Age 95, born in Buffalo, NY, a resident of Bothell, WA for more than 50 years, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter Vicky in Everett, WA She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Thomas Cyna, her children Sandy Larsten, Elizabeth Cyna, and Joseph Cyna and her grandsons Anthony Tody, Adam Waller, and Leon Justiniano. Helen is survived by daughters Judith Caprio (Nicholas) of Monroe, NC, Victoria Tody of Everett, WA, Christina Justinian (Dwayne) of Bothell, WA, and Patricia Waller (Terry) of Monroe, WA. Cherished grandmother of Dr. Anthony Caprio (Nicole) of Matthews, NC, Dr. Thomas Caprio (Ann) of Rochester, NY, Stephanie Masterjohn (Jason) of Sultan, WA, Rachelle Coler (Ken) of Woodenville, WA, Matthew Justiniano of Bothell, WA and Gregory Waller (Krista) of Bothell, WA. Great-grandmother to Natalie Coler, Harrison Coler, Magnolia Waller, Aiden Masterjohn, Kiernan Hunter, Hayden Hunter, and Berkley Hunter. In addition, Helen was preceded in death by her sister Martha Juszkiewicz (Late Stephen), and her brothers Henry Harasimowicz, Frank “Fritz” Harasimowicz (Theresa), and Anthony Harasimowicz (late Elizabeth). She leaves behind her older sister Claire Helinski (Late Lee) of Buffalo, NY
Helen was a devout Catholic, known for her strong faith. She will be remembered by many people for her beautiful handmade rosaries. Hundreds of these special rosaries were lovingly given to relatives, friends and church members or donated to organizations located in the United States, Cuba, India and Africa.
Private funeral services will be held for the immediate family on Thursday, May 6, 2021 A public celebration of Helen’s life will be arranged at a later date.
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Helen M Cyna
Marianne Caprio Kirsch
May 5, 2021
Helen was such a soft spoken gentle soul. Always kind to my family and kept us in her prayers. I remember her well:-) We have numerous gorgeous rosaries made by her loving hands. I’m thinking of all you sisters in Washington and of course my wonderful sil Judy.
May 4, 2021
I remember she would always ask me to help blow out the birthday candles on her cake. She loved to build puzzles and play games together. Whenever she would come over my dogs would want to jump on her lap and she'd sneak them her food. She liked to tell stories about her life, like when she would climb trees as a kid, just like me. She would give me tips on drawing and liked to sit and watch my brother and me color and paint. When we stayed overnight with her and Granny (Tory) one time, we were playing with action figures and she played along with us by throwing a stuffed animal at Granny, and it was really funny. We all laughed.
I miss you Baba.
(written by Great-granddaughter Natalie, 9 years old)
May 4, 2021
She was the true definition of a loving grandmother. She loved her family deeply and took care of each of us. She taught me so much during our time together, from singing & coloring, to prayer and the importance of family and togetherness. She will be missed everyday, but her absence will be felt most during family gatherings. She was the center of our family and the glue that held us together. Love you Grandma.
May 4, 2021
My whole life you were always there to teach, to listen, to comfort, to console and to celebrate.
From the very beginning, teaching me to walk, tending skinned knees, and making all the bad things better with a hug and kiss.
Then on to adulthood, planning my wedding and making my wedding dress. You taught me to bath a new born baby, with such incredibly gentle hands. You helped to care for my children, and you comforted me when my son left this world.
You passed on the family traditions, and holiday celebrations, giving us precious memories that will be shared for generations.
No matter what path we chose, your love for each of us would never waiver.
I treasure these words you shared at the end.
"I can see my whole life clearly, from the beginning, being with my mother to the end. We are all connected."
as she interlaced her fingers.
"We don't come here for what we can take, we come here for what we can leave behind."
I am so grateful for you mom, for all our precious moments, for your kind and loving spirit.
I love you mom,
April 30, 2021
About my very special Mom:
She was by far the best "Rosary Maker" in all of Washington. Her beautiful, hand made rosaries were given to people not only in Washington but also in New York State, Cuba, India, and Africa! Countless missionaries were grateful for her generous contribution. Many relatives and friends have used one of mom's rosaries for personal prayer or placed them on a loved ones hands when they were laid to rest.
I live in North Carolina, so I am deeply grateful to my sister Tory who cared for mom in her Washington home this past year, during a terrible pandemic.
Heartfelt thanks also to my sisters Tory, Pat and Christina who lovingly provided care during mom's final days.
Waiting until the day when we can all safely gather to celebrate mom's life.