OBITUARY

Helen N. Messina

February 16, 1927March 3, 2021
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A Funeral Mass for Helen N. Messina, age 94 of Ogdensburg will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday (March 9, 2020) at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Justin Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held also on Tuesday from 11:00am to 1:30pm at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Mrs. Messina passed away at the United Helpers Nursing Home in Ogdensburg.

Surviving are her children Joseph (Barbara) Messina of Bowie, MD, Douglas (Mary Kay) Messina of Fulton, Robert Messina of Ogdensburg, and Mariana (Richard) Hart of Chaumont, NY; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews & cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph; a son Ramon Messina; a sister Hilda Clock; and four brothers James. Chester, Raymond & Clyde Comins.

Helen was born on February 16, 1927 in Cape Vincent NY, a daughter of the late Raymond & Muriel (Bamford) Comins. She graduated from Constableville High School and continued her education at the Crane School of Music. She later married Joseph Messina on September 7, 1946 at the St. Anthony Church in Watertown.

After the couple’s marriage they lived in Watertown and Helen worked as a music teacher at the Watertown Catholic School. In 1962 the couple moved to Ogdensburg, and Helen became a 4th grade teacher at Bishop Conroy School. In 1973 Helen worked as a teachers aid at Kennedy School until 1989 when she retired.

Helen was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral parish & choir, Promusica, ladies of the Elks and the knitting club. She enjoyed playing the piano, crocheting, collecting tea pots, sewing, embroidery, gardening, reading and playing cards. Memorial contributions can be made to The American Heart Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Research. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Calling Hours

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

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MICHAEL SARGENT

March 13, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Helen at John F Kennedy School for a number of years. Between Helen and Barb Chase they made life much easier for every teacher in the building. She was a wonderful lady. She will be missed.

JEANNE GEBO

March 10, 2021

To Robbie & the rest of the Messina Family,

I’m so sorry about the loss of your mom. She was such a kind lady and will be missed!!! She & Joe were great godparents to me.

You all are in my thoughts!
Hugs,
Jeanne Gebo

David Gebo

March 10, 2021

Dear Robbie and the Messina family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Helen was a great lady, and my parents considered Joe and Helen great friends to my family...and I love what great godparents they were to my sister, Jeanne! I have such great memories of Helen, and I send to you my deepest condolences. Take care...

David

Virginia Collins

March 10, 2021

Helen was a piano teacher at my husband's music studio in Watertown ----- and therefore she and Joe and the whole family became dear friends of our family. Their children were growing up at the same time of ours. We shared many good times, and lifelong friendship.

Martha Bibbens

March 10, 2021

My deepest sympathy to you, Joe, and the whole Messina family. Your mother was a lovely soul. May she be cradled in the wings of His Heavenly Angels as they gently carry her soul to his Heavenly Father and His Realm of Happiness. Rest peacefully Helen and let Heaven take care of you now.

Richard LaRue

March 9, 2021

Joe, Mary, Doug and Robbie,

So sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. She was certainly a special lady. I remember how patient she was with me during my piano lessons at your house.

Blessings,
Richard LaRue
Crozet, Va.

Regina Hurteau Shoen

March 9, 2021

Robbie and family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I have so many fond memories of "Mrs. Messina" from our neighborhood growing up and Kennedy school. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Larry and Valerie Puccia

March 9, 2021

Of course, our families want to share our condolences with Doug and his family as well .

Larry and Valerie Puccia

March 9, 2021

Larry and I are saddened to hear of the passing of our dearest friend, Helen.
Helen has been a personal friend of our families for decades. So close it has always been like one big family. We will cherish the many fond memories we’ve shared.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Rob, Joseph Jr and Mariana and their respective families. Helen will be sorrowfully missed but never forgotten .
GOD BLESS !

Bruce and Susan SMITH

March 8, 2021

Joe, Mary, Doug and Robbie,
We were so saddened to hear of Helen's passing, she was a truly sweet and kind soul. I have special memories of growing up on Elizabeth Street and having you all as our neighbors. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers .

With Love,
Bruce and Susan

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