St. Helena’s Oldest Parishioner Passes
Helen Urban was the last of the “founding members” of St. Helena’s Parish in Parkchester, and she recently passed away at the age of 103 3/4 years of age. Her youngest son John was at her side Her Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Helena’s on Saturday, September 8, the feast of the Birth of Our Blessed Mother. Helen was a long-time resident of Parkchester and was one of the original members of St. Helena’s when it was founded by Msgr. Arthur Scanlan in 1940, at the beginning of the Second World War. She was very active at St. Helena’s, and she often organized parish bus trips to various places. Her daughter, Marilyn, was the very first baby born in Parkchester, and she attended St. Helena School. Helen’s husband, Joseph, bought the very first car in Parkchester. She was a mother, grandmother, and twice a great-grandmother. Her eldest granddaughter Dorothy Dugandzic spoke at her funeral. Our condolences are extended to the entire Urban Family.