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Helene E. Allessio

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Helene E. Allessio 1921 - 2009 PITTSFIELD Helene E. Allessio, 87, of 173 Longview Terrace died Monday at Berkshire Medical Center. Born in Adams on Oct. 26, 1921, daughter of Fred A. and Lauria Gagnon Major, she attended schools there and graduated from the former Adams High School. Primarily a homemaker, Mrs. Allessio was employed by General Electric briefly and by Aetna Life Insurance Company and Joseph Francese Inc. She moved to Pittsfield in 1945, and was a former communicant of All Souls Church. She was always active with her late husband, Buck. They loved to fish, cross-country skiing, square dancing, and go for long walks on their Brattle Brook Farm. He would carve various birds and wildlife out of wood which she would paint. She also painted in oils and watercolors. Card playing, especially Pitch, was a favorite pasttime with family and friends. She also enjoyed candlepin bowling. Her family was the center of her life; her house is adorned with pictures of her six children, 14 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren, all of which she was very proud. Her husband, Ferdinand "Buck" Allessio, whom she married Jan. 24, 1945, died Nov. 8, 1997. She leaves four sons, Thomas A. Allessio and his wife, Elissa, of Dalton, Marc S. Allessio and his wife, Lori, of Pittsfield, David A. Allessio and his wife, Lori, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Peter J. Allessio of Novato, Calif.; two daughters, Lauria D. Puntin and her husband, Donald, of Tyringham and Christine M. Caccamo of Monterey, and a sister, Irene Montague of Westhampton. She was predeceased by a brother, Fred Major. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be Saturday, May 30, 2009, at 8 a.m. from FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St., followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9 at Sacred Heart Church, celebrated by the Rev. Geoffrey J. Deeker, C.S.S. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, May 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to F.O.R.D. (Friends of Renal Dialysis) in care of the funeral home.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 27, 2009