Helen Loraine Masian Kaun ("Bami") was born March 12, 1930 in Hamtramck, MI. Astute friends will notice she has died at age 40. She was a first generation American born of Polish immigrants. She was proud to be an American though she cherished her Polish heritage.
She was married to Wallace Kaun for 40+ years, and though they parted she kept close ties with his large Russian family. The union produced three children: Gail (Chuck), Lori, and Paul (Kim) who all survive her.
In 1968 Helen moved with her family to Athens, GA, where she remained until her death. She spent many years working at the General Time Corporation, and after her retirement she fulfilled a life long dream of visiting the Vatican in Italy. Since retirement didn't suit her very well she returned to work at the Environmental Protection Agency in Athens where she stayed until 2011.
In recent time Helen became ill and bore her infirmity with extreme dignity. She was a faithful parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church for over forty years and attended Mass every Saturday evening until nearly the end. Helen taught us all the meaning of loving each other despite our many human frailties, including her own.
Besides her children "Bami" is survived by five grandchildren: Katie (Bruce), Ryan, Eric, Kaylin and Jamie. Her children, grandchildren, and numerous friends will miss her sense of humor and zest for life. They will spend many years trading "Bami" stories and appreciating that she never left us, she just used up her nine lives.
A funeral mass will be 11AM Saturday, June 8th, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with interment to follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at Bernstein from 6pm-8pm Friday, June 7th with a Rosary being said at 8PM.
On line condolences may be made at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in charge of arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on June 7, 2013