Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT


Helen Vacek

September 26, 1922May 15, 2020

Helen Louise (Denham) Vacek, 97, died peacefully at Manchester Manor Health Care facility on May 15, 2020. The beloved wife of the late George. F. Vacek, she was a long-time resident of East Hartford. Born September 26, 1922 in Fawley, Hampshire, England to the late Harry and Annie (Ward) Denham, she lived in Lymington, England until coming to the U.S. in April, 1947 to marry her husband. Prior to leaving England, she worked as a payroll accountant at Wellworthy Piston Rings Ltd., an aircraft supplier during WWII. A devoted wife and mother, she was active in the Burnside (now New Covenant) United Methodist Church, where she had many friends. She was an accomplished cook and baker, who enjoyed preparing meals for her family and always had treats to offer anyone who stopped by for a cup of tea. A loyal and generous friend, she maintained many life-long friendships on both sides of the Atlantic. All who knew her will miss her kind and loving heart. She leaves two sons, Philip Vacek of Simsbury and Roger Vacek and his wife Susanne of Vernon, daughter Pamela Vacek of Colchester, VT, and her adored granddaughters Alison Vacek and Stephanie (Vacek) Marois, both of Manchester. She also leaves several nephews and nieces with whom she was very close. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son Richard Vacek, her brother Richard Denham, her sister Gertrude Skew and her niece Janis Lane. Her family are grateful to the staff at Manchester Manor for the loving care they provided during the last four years of her life. A private graveside service and burial at Hillside Cemetery, East Hartford is being arranged by Newkirk and Whitney Funeral Home. Those wishing to do so may make contributions in her memory to the New Covenant United Methodist Church.


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Gary Richards

May 23, 2020

I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet Helen and members of her family while in ministry with the members and friends of New Covenant United Methodist Church. Even more of a blessing than meeting Helen was sharing the joys and sorrows of life with her over a cup of tea in the kitchen or talks in the living room or bedside at the rehab center. Helen loved her church throughout the years and her church loved her back. While she wondered about God's plan for her life and the world Helen never lost her faith. I am grateful to have shared a small portion of Helen's life and for her generosity-always urging me to have one more of the sweets she so lovingly prepared.

John Stephenson

May 23, 2020

Phil, sorry to read of your mother’s death. Hope you are well.

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