OBITUARY

Helen B. Yakacki

March 14, 1927July 25, 2018

Helen B. Yakacki March 14, 1927 – July 25, 2018

Helen Barbara Yakacki, 91, a longtime resident of Danbury, CT, died peacefully on July 25, 2018, at Danbury Hospital with her loving family by her side. Helen was born in Highland, PA on March 14, 1927, to the late Joseph and Karolina (Blonski) Makowski. She graduated in 1944 from Foster Township High School in Freeland, PA. She was married to her late husband of 71 years, Anthony J. Yakacki on November 29, 1945. Moving to Danbury in 1951, Helen worked for the Barden Corporation until she retired in 1989. Helen was an avid sports fan of the UCONN women’s basketball team and enjoyed bowling and playing bingo. With her husband by her side, Helen enjoyed many AARP trips, especially to the casinos. She was a member of the Ladies Guild of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Danbury, CT. Active in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Helen attended numerous sporting events and dance recitals. She looked forward to their visits and could not wait to hear what was new in their lives.

She loved having her family together, especially around the holidays which were a tradition at grandma’s. She shared special stories after feasting on one of her delicious meals. Grandma always made sure there were special snacks available for all who visited. At the drop of a hat, she would be available for whomever needed her help.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her brothers Walter, Stanley, Joseph and John, and sister Sophie Misavage. Surviving are her sons Anthony E. and his wife Ingrid of Berlin, MD; Robert and his wife Sharon of Danbury, CT; and daughter Carol Noreika and her husband Robert of New Fairfield, CT. Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Veronica C. Bonin of Hazelton, PA. Helen was blessed with nine grandchildren: Christyn Yakacki (Tom LeRoy), Anthony D. Yakacki, Brenna Sullivan (Ryan), Ryan Yakacki, Julie Fellone (Travis), Joseph Yakacki (Kaytee), Laurie Melo (Luis), David Yakacki, and Stacie Noreika and her fiancé Matthew Greenwood. In addition to her grandchildren, Helen was blessed with thirteen great-grandchildren: Joseph and William LeRoy; Brenna Van Voorhis; Andrew and Kira Yakacki; Cailyn, Owen and Quinn Sullivan; Zaira Yakacki; Lilianna Fellone; Maddux Yakacki; and Alexander and Amelia Melo. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, August 2, 2018, at 9:30 AM at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 46 Stone St., Danbury, CT. Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury, CT. There are no calling hours per Helen’s request. Donations can be made in Helen’s name to the charity of one’s choice.

  • FAMILY

  • In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her brothers Walter, Stanley, Joseph and John, and sister Sophie Misavage. Surviving are her sons Anthony E. and his wife Ingrid of Berlin, MD; Robert and his wife Sharon of Danbury, CT; and daughter Carol Noreika and her husband Robert of New Fairfield, CT. Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Veronica C. Bonin of Hazelton, PA. Helen was blessed with nine grandchildren: Christyn Yakacki (Tom LeRoy), Anthony D. Yakacki, Brenna Sullivan (Ryan), Ryan Yakacki, Julie Fellone (Travis), Joseph Yakacki (Kaytee), Laurie Melo (Luis), David Yakacki, and Stacie Noreika and her fiancé Matthew Greenwood. In addition to her grandchildren, Helen was blessed with thirteen great-grandchildren: Joseph and William LeRoy; Brenna Van Voorhis; Andrew and Kira Yakacki; Cailyn, Owen and Quinn Sullivan; Zaira Yakacki; Lilianna Fellone; Maddux Yakacki; and Alexander and Amelia Melo. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • Committal Thursday, August 2, 2018
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Helen B. Yakacki

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Vickey Hickey

August 2, 2018

All the precious memories of our days at Sacred Heart School. They will always be cherished.
The many plays, selling candy, singing in the hall, all the happy gatherings. Those unforgettable times.

Laurie Melo

August 1, 2018

Grandma, I am forever blessed that you were able to meet Amelia in person and got to spend time with her. I am going to miss you so much but I know that you are now reunited with Grandpa and are now at peace. I've found a couple of pennies and dimes in the past few days. I know that you will always be with us watching over us. I love you and I will be thinking about you and Grandpa always!

Nancy Bubrowski

July 31, 2018

Tony, Bob, and Carol

We are keeping you in our hearts and prayers.
May the great memories of your Mom carry you through this very difficult time.

With deepest condolences

Nancy Bubrowski and Dana Maroldi

Paula Shoushani

July 29, 2018

Dear Carol and family, So sorry to hear of the recent loss of your beloved mother, Helen. Hoping you gather comfort and peace, in knowing that many share in your grief. May all those wonderful memories of happy times shared together as a family warm your heart and soul for all of eternity. Deepest condolences,
Paula Shoushani

Ethan Mable

July 29, 2018

My sincerest condolences to all of you. Especially to Bob, Tony and Ingrid. I’m sure your Mother is in a better place.

Bob Montoya

July 28, 2018

I will never forget Helen and even her husband, Tony. Both of them sat behind me in church. After Tony had passed, it would only be Helen, there behind me. Up until, she started having vision problems, I had the privilege of finding the current readings in the missal for her. She really appreciated this. Also, I could hear her beautiful voice. We often shared personal stories of both of our families. She was so proud of her grand-daughters and thankful to her daughter, Carol, who really took care of her. We would joke that she was Helen of Troy; that her friend, Lois, was the friend of SuperMan; and, her friend, Florence was Florence Nightingale; and her friend, Ethyl was Ethyl Merman of Lucille Ball fame; and, there were many more.
I pray that Helen's family will find comfort in knowing that she is with our Lord and that she will always be looking down upon them.
God bless Helen and all her family.

A friend that really misses her,
Bob Montoya

FROM THE FAMILY