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Helen Theresa Baumann

1922 - 2013 HOUSATONIC Helen Theresa Baumann, 90, of North Plain Road, passed from this earth peacefully at home to begin another life with her loved ones who have made the journey before her on Friday May 17, 2013.

She was born in Housatonic on Nov.24, 1922, daughter of Wadislaw and Eva Mouska Ptak. Helen was educated in Housatonic schools and graduated in 1941 from the former Searles High School.

She was a former member of the PTA in Housatonic and took pride in her early years helping her father at the family market. She also worked side by side with a carpenter to help build her family homestead, while taking care of their children at the same time.

Helen's biggest and proudest joy were her seven grandchildren. After raising her own four children, she was instrumental in caring for each one of her precious grandchildren as they grew up.

Helen was an expert seamstress, making clothes that include prom dresses and wedding gowns. She was avid at quilting, cross-stitch and rug braiding, all the while keeping an immaculate home and garden.

Helen was a communicant at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church, Corpus Christi Parish.

Helen is survived by her husband, Paul M. Baumann Sr., whom she married April 28, 1945, at the former All Saint's Church in Housatonic; one son, Paul "Butch" Baumann Jr., and wife, Lynn, of Sheffield; three daughters, Patricia Salvi and husband, Gene, of Great Barrington, Christine Jennings and husband, Harry, of Housatonic, and Cathy Brandt and husband, Neal, of South Egremont; one brother, Frank Ptak of Housatonic, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Helen was predeceased by brother, Anthony Ptak; by sisters Virginia Russo and Louise Vachinna, and by her granddaughter, Heather Mead, who passed on Nov. 17, 2003.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Helen Theresa Baumann, who died May 17, will be held Monday, May 20, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church, with the Rev. William P. Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in St. Bridget's Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Sunday, May 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Helen's memory may be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires in care of the Birches-Roy Funeral Home, 33 South Street, Great Barrington, MA. 01230. Condolences may be made through royfuneralservices.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 18, 2013
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