SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Memory Eternal Helen Kurnewitz....

Feb 3, 2019
Memory Eternal Helen Kurnewitz....

Today we were greeted with the sad news that a beloved parishioner of St. John’s fell asleep in the Lord. Helen Kurnewitz passed away yesterday on the feast day of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple. She passed peacefully in her home with her caretaker and friend Lyudmyla Vescuso nearby. Our first reaction was one of sadness and remorse. We had lost a true treasure here at St. John’s. Our feelings in this regard cannot change. Helen was truthfully a devoted parishioner of St. John’s throughout the years. Our fond memories of her go back to the 1940’s and ‘50’s for us old enough to have known her since then; always available to help, always at all the services, always attending all the events. District members of FOCA (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America) will remember her attendance at trustees’ meetings throughout the state for many years. She was a member when the organization was FROC. Our next reaction was our joy at the fact that she had recently celebrated her 100th birthday. The twinkle in her eyes and her sense of humor had never diminished as she aged. Almost in all of her pictures you can see her smile, an important feature of a very pleasant woman that we loved. Helen was recently saddened by the passing of her sister, Mary, and we know that they will be happy together again. May Helen’s Memory be Eternal!

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