Helena "Lee" (Iodice) Ochab of Waltham and Pocasset passed away peacefully on September 16, 2013, at age 99. A woman of grace and dignity who gave lovingly to her family and others, Lee volunteered with the American Red Cross on blood drives and disaster relief. She taped books for the National Braille Press at Perkins School for the Blind, and helped arrange auditions and competitions for the Massachusetts Federation of Music Clubs. Lee loved to sing, and was a member of the Waltham and Belmont Choral Societies. She was past-president of both the Minutemen Toastmasters Club and the Newton-Waltham Toastmistress Club, and taught Effective Speaking at the Waltham Public School Evening Division. A diligent learner, at 89 years of age Lee completed 22 years of continuous study at Harvard University's Learning in Retirement program. Wife of the late Dr. John S. Ochab, a Waltham optometrist, she leaves her children Constance DiAngelis and her husband Ralph of Reading MA, Dr. John S. Ochab, Jr. and his wife Helen of Virginia, and Joseph T. Ochab of California; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is survived by her brothers Arthur Iodice and Rudolph Iodice. A private funeral Mass was held in St. Jude's Church, Waltham followed by a private burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
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Published in Waltham News Tribune from Oct. 4 to Oct. 11, 2013