Helen E. (Bruno) Homenick

Born: Wed., Jan. 1, 1919
Died: Wed., Nov. 9, 2016


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Nov. 13, 2016
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Mon., Nov. 14, 2016
Location: St. Denis Church

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Douglas – Helen E. (Bruno) Homenick, 97, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Wed. Nov. 9, 2016 at St. Camillus Health Center in Whitinsville.  Helen was born on March 1, 1919 in East Douglas, the eldest child of 9 to Henry A. and Viola Mae (Hughes) Bruno.  Helen lived in East Douglas all of her life until 2005 when she moved in with her daughter, Viola M. Paulhus in Northbridge.  Helen is predeceased by her husband of 48 years, John Homenick who died in 1985, her son-in-law Robert J. Paulhus in 1988, her grandson, Michael Paulhus in 1998; 2 brothers Al and Bob Bruno; 2 sisters Barbara Greeno and Caroline Fulone.  Helen is survived by her daughter, Viola Mae Paulhus of Northbridge, her grandson Bob Paulhus and his wife Pam, her great granddaughter Brittany and her grandson Brian Paulhus and his wife Sue and great grandson Michael all of Whitinsville.  She is also survived by 3 sisters, Rita Bloniasz of East Douglas, Arline Auger of Manchaug, and Kathleen Rondeau of Whitinsville; a brother Leon Bruno of NH, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. Helen enjoyed cooking and was known for her delicious banana fritters.  She could whip up a good meal with whatever she had available whenever company dropped in.
     Helen was very sociable and enjoyed being in clubs with old friends and meeting new friends.  She always made everyone feel welcomed.  She was in Mass every week and on Holy days.  She belonged to St. Denis Catholic Women’s Council and served as secretary for several years.  She also belonged to the St. Anne’s Society and served as treasurer for many years.  Helen also joined the Women’s Relief Corp., and was past President,  in E. Douglas along with her mother and Aunt Thelma.  She enjoyed marching in the Memorial Day parade with the other members.
     Helen always enjoyed Bingo and in earlier years travelling to many halls with friends.  In later years, she attended the Douglas, Sutton, and Whitinsville Senior Centers to try her luck at Bingo with her 3 sisters, Rita, Arline, and Kathleen and other old and new friends.  She also enjoyed travelling to the Casinos with her sisters.  Helen was talented with needle and thread and it was obvious in the beautiful pillows and afghans and several other items she shared with family and friends.  Whenever she was sitting down, she had items in her lap to work on.
    Helen left school at 16 to seek employment in “The Mill” to help her parents support their large family.  Helen worked all her life in area mills and other forms of employment.  Her happiest and most fulfilling employment was as a teacher’s aide at the Douglas High School.  She enjoyed and loved the kids as they did her, calling her “Gramma Homenick" when the principal wasn’t in earshot.  In fact, one of the students recognized her at St. Camillus, even with her red hair, and was happy to say hello to Mrs. Homenick after all these years.
     Helen and her family would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone at St. Camillus who took care of Helen with great care, love, compassion, and dignity.  They allowed Helen to feel loved and be a part of a large extended family due to their efforts.
     Her funeral will be held from Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St. on Mon. Nov. 14 with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Denis Church, 23 Manchaug St, Douglas.  Burial will follow in St. Denis Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home will be held on Sun. Nov. 13 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com

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Gary Beauchamp - Grafton Center
   Posted Fri November 11, 2016
Remembering & Honoring, A Special Lady......Who Never, Never Forgot Michael's Passing....Eternal Peace Dear Helen, Eternal Peace.........!

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