Helen Catherine Mangiafico

August 14, 1924July 20, 2020

Helen Catherine (Hniedziejko) Mangiafico passed away on July 20,2020. She lived a full 95 years. Born to Antoni and Elizabeth Hniedziejko in New Britain, Helen grew up in Bloomfield with her eight siblings. After graduating from Simsbury High School, she worked at Fafnir Ball Bearing in New Britain and Royal Typewriter in Hartford. She married Paul Mangiafico in 1955 and they remained devoted to each other for 65 years. They began their family in Hartford and raised their two children in Wethersfield. Helen kept an immaculate home, was a master at stretching a dollar, and though she proclaimed to hate cooking, made delicious Italian and Polish meals. She enjoyed camping on the annual family vacation to New Hampshire and then at Sun Valley in Stafford Springs. In her later years, one of Helen’s favorite pastimes was a trip to the casino. She remained remarkably able and agile until cancer came for her a fourth time. Even then she gave it a remarkable two year battle. She is survived by her husband, son Paul and wife Ellen, daughter Kathy and husband Steve, and two grandsons - Paul and Christopher. A graveside service at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield will be held on a future date. Arrangements are being handled by the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, Wethersfield. Donations in Helen’s memory can be made to Masonicare Home Hospice Services. The family is very thankful for their gentle care of Helen. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit


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Joe Santomenno

July 28, 2020

I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Mangiafico...My thoughts are with Paul, Kathy, Mr. Mangiafico and family...

Pete Nejako

July 25, 2020

So sorry to hear about aunt Helen. Best to uncle Paul and Paul and Kathy

Madeleine Adam-Kearns

July 24, 2020

Dear Kathy,

Michael and I are very sorry for your loss. Your mother was blessed with a good, long life, a loving husband, and children by her side. Sending love and hugs to you, Steve, your brother, Paul, and all your family.

Jill Niemczyk

July 24, 2020

My sincere Condolences to you Paul and your family. I miss playing cards with Helen at Middlewoods. It was always a pleasure when she joined. My thoughts are with you.

John F. Smith

July 23, 2020

I send my sincere condolences to you and your family, Paul.
I will always remember Helen's wonderful smile from the various gatherings at the air museum that she attended with you. May she Rest In Peace, my friend.
John Smith