Helen (Calabro) Partesano, 85, beloved wife of Carmelo S. Partesano, passed away peacefully in her home on January 10, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Concetto and Agata (Failla) Calabro. Helen was born in Hartford and graduated from Weaver High School, Class of 1947. Helen worked at the Travelers Insurance Company until 1952 when she left to raise her family. She later worked for a dentist's office and the Maryland Casualty Insurance Co., retiring in 1993. Helen was a parishioner of St. Timothy's Church in West Hartford and a member of their Woman's Club. She was also a member of the Italian American Junior League and Boys Town of Italy. Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her husband of 63 years, Carmelo, Helen is survived by her daughter, Linda and husband John Salek of Fairfield; her grandchildren, Michael and wife Elyse Salek of Pennsylvania, Stephanie Salek and fiancé Tom Forgarty of Washington, DC and great-granddaughter Brianna Salek of Pennsylvania. Helen is also survived by two sisters, Lena Ciccio of West Hartford, Dorothy Tedesco and husband Robert of Maryland; her brother, Daniel and wife Patricia Calabro of Manchester and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral is Saturday at 9 a.m. from the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Timothy's Church, 1116 North Main St., West Hartford. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral chapel. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopo.com
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Published by Hartford Courant from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2015.