Helen M. (Handy) Agnew, 87, of East Hartford, loving wife of 49 years to the late Frank J. Agnew, passed away peacefully on Sunday (January 8, 2012) with her entire caring family surrounding her. Born in Austin, TX on May 27, 1924, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Esther (Farrell) Handy, she had been a life-long resident of East Hartford. Helen was a graduate of East Hartford High School, Class of 1942 and a long-time faithful communicant of St. Isaac Jogues Church, East Hartford. Prior to her retirement, Helen was a secretary for several years at Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, East Hartford. Most of all, Helen loved being with her family as she was a proud and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Besides her beloved "Frankie Boy" and parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Frances and Estelle and two brothers, John and Jimo. Helen is survived by her nine special children, sons, Gary Agnew and his wife, Dorothy, of Columbia, James Agnew and his wife, Elaine, of Bolton, Francis "Hank" Agnew of Storrs; daughters, Sharon Riordan and her husband, William, of East Hartford, Mary-Beth "Bea" George and her husband, Raymond, of East Hartford, Susan Coburn and her husband, Timothy, of Glastonbury, Christine Agnew of East Hartford, Diane Turkis and her husband, Bruce, of Columbia, Theresa "Teka" Agnew of New Britain; a brother, Stanley O'Connell and his wife, Diane, in Rhode Island; a sister, Wilma Manion of East Hartford; ten adored grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Funeral services will be Wednesday (January 11th) at 9 a.m. from the D'Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Isaac Jogues Church, One Community Street, East Hartford. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, East Hartford. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home chapel TODAY from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Helen's name may be made to Special Olympics of CT, 2666 State Street, Suite 1, Hamden, CT 06517. For any on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopo.com.