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“May Your Family Find Comfort During This Difficult Time.Matt. 11:28-30… Come to me, all YOU who are toiling and loaded down, and I will refresh YOU...Read More »
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“We were so sorry to read of Helen's passing.She and Matt were very good friends of our family and we have many wonderful memories dating back to our...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Maryjane OConnell

“dear cousins and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I still have a treasured Christmas present, a secret opening box, given to me by Aunt...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: susan donohue-nadrich

“Dear Evelyn and Barbara, I am so sorry to hear the news about Helen. We had such a nice visit with her last summer. I'll never forget her. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Shortt Walsh - Syracuse, NY

“To Helen's Family,My cousin Kathy Grajko,our family historian, informed me of Helen's passing. she was a first cousin to my father Joseph Karpinski ...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Karpinski - Manilus, NY

“Dear Banach family:Sorry to read about your loss of Helen.You were blessed, to have such wonderful parents.We enjoyed our visits with them at Lodge...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Paul and Lois Lodola - FL

“Dear Evelyn, Barbara, and family, Please accept our deepest sympathy at the loss of your mother, Helen. My sisters and I will be forever grateful...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Barbara and Steve: I am sorry to read about your loss. If I were at home, I would come to pay my respects to Helen. I didn't know her, but I...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Anne Zak - Santa Barbara, CA

“Barbara, Evelyn, and family my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. Losing a parent is one of the biggest losses that can be suffered by...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear BarberaI was surprised to hear about your mother i thought her and your father were some of the nices people i have ever met. I enjoyed knowing...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Dick Suffield, CT

“Barbara and Family, With deepest sympathy on the passing of your MOTHER. I am sure that you will always have loving memories to sustain each and...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Dorothy Surmolian - East Windsor, CT

“With deepest sympathy during this time of difficulty. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home - CT

“My sincere sympathies at this time of loss. Helen was a sweet and lovely ladyand will be missed by many. ShirleyPaczynski, Orlando, FL & Westfield, MA ”
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Helen (Gruska) Banach, 93, of Suffield, wife of the late Matthew Banach, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at her home. She was born on October 10, 1919, in Westfield, MA, daughter to the late Mikolai and Helena (Karpinski) Gruska. Helen grew up in Westfield, MA and was a graduate of Westfield High School with the Class of 1937. She married her high school sweetheart, Matthew, and together they settled in Suffield, CT, where they raised a family. Helen was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's National Catholic Church in Westfield; where she belonged to the Ladies Adoration Society. Helen was a wonderful seamstress making clothing for her family throughout the years and a wonderful cook. In their retirement Helen and Matthew enjoyed traveling all over our continent. They took two cross country trips, one to Washington State and another to California, visiting all of the National Parks and camping. They also drove to Alaska in 1980 and 1990 and visited Canada, Nova Scotia and Labrador. A kind, caring, and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, she will be greatly missed by all. She leaves her daughters, Evelyn Adams and her husband Darwin of Grayslake, IL, and Barbara Smith and her husband Stephen of Suffield, CT; five grandchildren, Barbara Lichtenwalter and her husband Tim of Hoffman Estates, IL, Sherri Adams Story and her husband Jeff of Blue Springs, MO, Cindy Adams of Boise, ID, Brian Smith and his wife Kate of Missoula, MT, and Jessica Carver and her husband Andy of Breckenridge, CO; five great grandchildren, Matthew and Joshua Lichtenwalter, Hayden and Tanner Story, and Emily Carver, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Chester and Boleslaw Gruska. Her family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home, 443 East St. (Rt. 159) Suffield. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2013, 11 a.m., at St. Joseph National Catholic Church, 73 Main St., Westfield, MA. Burial will be private at the request of her family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 and or St. Joseph National Catholic Church, 73 Main Street, Westfield, MA 01085. Please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com for online condolences.

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