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Helen Queenan

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Helen E. Queenan

SARASOTA, FL - Helen Emelia Queenan of Siesta Key, FL, died unexpectedly but peacefully after a fall in Worcester, MA, on December 27th, her 84th birthday.

Helen is survived by her five children: Anne Queenan and Mary Beth Papcsy, both of Worcester, MA; Dr. James Queenan (Melody) of Lee Summit, MO; Stephen (Beverly) Queenan of York, PA; and Arthur (Ruzanna) Queenan of Manchester, MA; and by eight grandchildren: Ellen Papcsy, James and Garrett Queenan (James and Melody), Pierce, Katie and Lily Queenan (Stephen and Beverly) and Connor and Abby Queenan (Arthur and Ruzanna); and by her two sisters: Jane Kennedy of West Roxbury, MA, and Anne Hanley of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Helen was predeceased by her parents, Emelia Rose and Arthur Wood; her brother, John Wood (1933-1978); and her husband, Hon. James F. Queenan, Jr. (1932-2018) with whom she shared 61 full years of loving marriage.

Born on December 27,1934 in Boston, MA, Helen graduated in 1954 from Lasell Junior College and began working as a private secretary at John Hancock in Boston. In 1956, she married Jim Queenan, an ambitious law student, and supported him through his final years of law school.

The young couple moved to Pittsfield, MA in 1959 and to Worcester, MA in 1960, where they put down roots, made lifelong friends, and raised their family. While Jim built his legal career, Helen dedicated herself to her children, her church (Christ the King and Immaculate Conception), and her community through local charities, including St. Vincent de Paul, and The Guild of Our Lady of Providence, serving as president and helping organize many fundraisers and activities. She was president of the Notre Dame Academy Mother's Guild and was involved in countless activities with her children's schools. After her children finished college, Helen earned her Bachelor's Degree in 1993 from Assumption College.

Helen and Jim enjoyed traveling, playing tennis, and hosting parties with friends in Worcester, Sagamore Beach, and Siesta Key. In Jim's 2011 autobiography Looking Back, he describes his wife as the most considerate, selfless, ego-free, and easygoing person, whose beauty was often compared to the actress Ava Gardner. Her family and friends remember Helen as "always there for them", supportive, kind, loving, forgiving, and never harsh or judgmental. Above all, Helen was a woman of deep faith who believed in the power of prayer and God's Spirit to work through us.

A wake will be held at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster Street, Worcester, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 3rd. The funeral Mass will be said by Father Walter Riley at Immaculate Conception Church, 353 Grove Street, Worcester at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 4th, followed by a brief graveside service at Saint John's Cemetery. The family welcomes everyone back for a reception lunch at Nuovo Restaurant, 92 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester.

Donations can be made to The Diocesan Guild of Our Lady of Providence, 49 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609 or Immaculate Conception Church, 353 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Dec. 29, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019
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