Helen Virginia Plachta

May 30, 1931February 6, 2021

Helen Virginia Lewis Plachta, 89, of Manchester, passed away on February 6, 2021. She was born in Jamaica, Queens, Long Island, New York to the late Eleanor Didrikson Lewis and Roy Charles Lewis on May 30, 1931. She was raised in East Hartford, CT, and graduated from East Hartford High School, class of 1949. After graduating she worked for 43 years as an executive secretary at Aetna Insurance Company in Hartford, CT before retiring.

During her life, she always put her family first, assuming the responsibility of not only a “big” sister but caregiver for her younger sister Marilyn Lewis until her sister’s death.

To those she leaves behind, may they smile as they remember times spent together, traveling, eating, laughing, and enjoying life together. Remember life, is not where you go, it’s whom you go with, all of us were special to her AND her to us.

Helen leaves behind her cousin Jacqueline Foster, of Lakeway, TX and her children Lynne Ann Davis and Scott Biesaart; and close friend Shirley Szkirka and her family. Helen and her family would especially like to offer their heartfelt thanks to all the people who gave her such excellent care through the years that allowed her to experience such a good quality of life while she was with us.

A Committal Service will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:00 PM in Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford. Newkirk & Whitney, 318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT is entrusted with arrangements. For an online memorial, please visit


  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021


Helen Virginia Plachta

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william kirsheman

February 15, 2021

Helen was my Secretary for about the last 5 or 6 years of my career at the Aetna. She was the best Secretary I ever had. Once or twice a year, a call would come down from the Board of Directors asking if they could " borrow" Helen for a few hours as the Board Secretary was on vacation. Her reputation was well known plus she was one of the few Secretaries that could take shorthand. She was pleased and honored to do this.
To me, Helen was a kind, respectful and loving person, never asking for too much and always ready to give of her talents and time. I will miss her. Bill Kirsheman


February 14, 2021

I remember Helen and Grampy stopping by to visit; Helen was always very pleasant and a pleasure to talk to. I always looked forward to her Christmas card every year. Rest in peace Helen.