August 10, 1921 – November 2, 2018
Helen Korzun passed away on Friday, November 2, 2018 in Green Hill assisted living facility in West Orange, NJ.
Helen was born August 10, 1921 in Newark, NJ to Zygmont and Catherine Gorbocezewski. Music was an important part of Helen’s life and she became an accomplished violinist and pianist at an early age. During WWII, she was honored to play violin and conduct the NY Russian chorus groups for US and foreign dignitaries at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, New York City; and Symphony Hall, Newark, NJ.
After high school, Helen worked at RCA in the Accounting Department and later the Edison Factory in NJ. In 1944, Helen married John T. Korzun and lived in Orange before moving to Livingston in 1955. While raising their children, Helen taught private piano and violin lessons. She later attended college and graduated Cum Laude from Kean State College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She taught in the Livingston School System substituting for 35 years enjoying all aspects of teaching students K-12, specializing in music.
Helen played violin with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra for 34 years, often being honored as Concert Mistress. She also enjoyed playing in the Montclair Operetta Company performing in a variety of musical productions.
Helen has been a member of the Livingston Methodist Church since 1955. She was a scholarship recipient from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Her interests included music, walking, reading, knitting and swimming.
Predeceased by her husband, John T. Korzun (2001), she is survived by her children Joan (Robert), Linda and Ronald (Ann). She is the cherished grandmother of five granddaughters and the loving GG of six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home in Livingston. The service will be on Thursday, November 8 at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Afterwards, interment will be at Hollywood Cemetery in Union, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the AAUW website or Serenity Hospice at 56 Georgetown Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505 or www.SerenityHospiceNJ.com
- Visitation Wednesday, November 7, 2018
- Funeral Service Thursday, November 8, 2018
- Committal Service Thursday, November 8, 2018
January 10, 2019
I remember Helen very fondly. I attended the Livingston United Methodist Church and knew more of Mrs. Korzun when I was in high school and college. She always encouraged me to play my violin, especially at the church for Christmas Eve service. I remember each time I played for the Christmas Eve service, Mrs. Korzun would give me a big hug, have a big smile on her face and say she loved hearing me play. Although I was not at the master level of her playing the violin, she was always encouraging me and reminding me to play with more vibrato!
I'm sad to hear that Mrs. Korzun passed away. Seeing her photo brought a smile to my face as it reminded me of how kind and supportive she was.
I was always happy to see Mrs. Korzun when I was at the Livingston United Methodist Church. I can remember her sweet and energetic voice.
I currently live out of state so was not able to attend her services. I send my deepest condolences to her family.
November 5, 2018
Helen lived a long full life, and a full one it was! Always on the go. I remember summer lunches with Joan as Helen fixed our usual, a cold macaroni & tuna salad. She was a comforter to me when my own mother wasn’t, of this I’ll always be grateful.
Hugs and good thoughts to her children, Joan, Linda, and Ron, as well as their children and grandchildren.