Helen Patricia Churney May 30, 1925 - March 13, 2013 Ft. Myers, FL - Helen Patricia Churney, 87, of Ft. Myers, FL and formerly of Colchester and East Haddam, widow of the late Joseph A. Churney, passed away Wednesday (March 13, 2013). Born at home in Colchester on May 30, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Kazimier and Benedykta (Dyczewska) Olubowic. She grew up in Colchester and attended Bacon Academy with the Class of 1943. She left school to help both her family and country in the war effort, working at Hamilton Standard. Following her husband's discharge from the Navy, they lived in Chicago for a time, where Helen worked assembling ballpoint pens by hand for the Eversharp Company before returning to Colchester. She always kept busy - from running a garden market at home, peddling fruits and vegetables, helping with the horses, creating reproduction baskets, collecting antiques, traveling and working at the Central School cafeteria and Towne Auction Sales, but her main focus always remained on caring for her family. Mrs Churney moved to East Haddam in 1970. After her retirement, she moved to Ft. Myers, still returning to Connecticut to visit regularly. She traveled extensively, touring the country with her longtime companion Lawson Howatt. Mrs. Churney was a Charter Member of the Adler-Boluck Post 6990 VFW
Auxiliary in Colchester and a Lifetime Member of the Golden Age Passport traveling group. She leaves two children, Joseph Churney and his wife Gail of East Haddam and April Wisutskie and her husband Ross of Raymond, ME; four grandchildren, Jenna Purdell, Brian Churney, and Stephen and Erik Wisutskie; five great grandchildren, Phoebe and Parker Churney, and Kaleigh, Mackenzie, and Andrew Purdell; her longtime companion, Lawson Howatt of Ft. Myers; a sister, Anna Raymond; and numerous nieces, nephews and long time friends. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Steven Olubowic; and five sisters, Katherine Raymond, Stella Bashiloff, Benedykta Wilcox, Patricia Lambert and Leona Butova. Private Graveside Services will be observed later in the spring at the New St. Andrew Cemetery, Colchester. Donations may be made in Helen's memory to either The Broad Street Community Garden in care of St. Mark Lutheran Church, 248 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360 or to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Care of arrangements have been entrusted by the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester.