Helen B. (Bokun) Packard(1919 - 2013)

NORTHAMPTON - Helen B. (Bokun) Packard, 93, of Northampton, passed away quietly Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at the Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in North Hatfield on Oct. 13, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Zigmont (James) and Anna (Supinsky) Bokun.

One of seven children, she was raised and attended schools there. For the past 77 years, Helen lived in Northampton.
In 1941, she married Francis Packard. She held many jobs, including working for Oliver Larkin of Smith College, the Pro Brush Company and J.P.Stevens.

When Frank retired in 1984, so did she. During their years together, they enjoyed many activities including travel, golf and attending Boston Red Sox games. They were rarely apart.

When Frank passed away in 1988, Helen lost her best friend but continued to do what she had always done, provide her family with unconditional love. She loved spending time with her children and their families; they were her greatest joy.

Helen was a communicant of the former St. Mary of the Assumption Church and for many years belonged to the Florence Golden Agers. She enjoyed travel with family and friends. She was a passionate gardener, enjoyed both jigsaw and crossword puzzles and continued to follow her beloved Red Sox.

A wonderful and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she will be missed. She was predeceased by her husband, Francis; two brothers, Edward Bokun and Peter Bokun; and four sisters, Sophie Piscor, Irene Gogol, Stella Rodak and Jean Crolle.

She is survived by two daughters, Angela Brigida and her husband Ralph of Easton, N.H., and Bonnie Kingsley and her husband John of Florence; a grandson, Jamie Bousquet, and his wife, Joanne, of Florence; a great-granddaughter, Quinn Bousquet of Florence; a sister-in-law, Pauline Bokun of Bondsville, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Helen's funeral will be Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Ahearn Funeral Home. Burial will be private. A calling hour will precede the funeral Wednesday from 9-10 a.m.

Donations in Helen's memory may be made to Care Alternatives, Hospice for the Life We Live, 181 Cedar Hill Road, Marlborough, MA 01752.

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Funeral Home

Ahearn Funeral Home
783 Bridge Road Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 587-0044

Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Sept. 9, 2013