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In Memory of

Helen C. Lichatz

October 15, 1923 - September 10, 2017

Obituary


Helen Mesuna Lichatz, beloved wife of the late John Lichatz, Sr, of East Hartford and Avon died in peaceful slumber, at 12:30am Sunday, September 10. She passed on with a sigh and a smile accompanied by loved ones - reward and testament to her full-hearted 94 years.
Helen's joy was family, fellowship, faith, and culture. Her gracious company and mellifluous voice, her sense of fun and jingle-bell laugh made us feel happy.
Born October 15, 1923, Helen was the daughter of Christina Harridovich and Michael Mesuna, of Vilna Province, Byelorussia. Two epic journeys from Russia...

Helen Mesuna Lichatz, beloved wife of the late John Lichatz, Sr, of East Hartford and Avon died in peaceful slumber, at 12:30am Sunday, September 10. She passed on with a sigh and a smile accompanied by loved ones - reward and testament to her full-hearted 94 years.
Helen's joy was family, fellowship, faith, and culture. Her gracious company and mellifluous voice, her sense of fun and jingle-bell laugh made us feel happy.
Born October 15, 1923, Helen was the daughter of Christina Harridovich and Michael Mesuna, of Vilna Province, Byelorussia. Two epic journeys from Russia and back, 1911-23, settled her family in New Haven's bustling immigrant community. The Mesunas helped establish Holy Transfiguration Church, to cultivate their Orthodox faith and heritage.
Helen grew up rooted in Russia, arms open to America. She roller skated the streets wildly (nickname: Hellian), explored East and Savin Rocks, sang and danced folk music along with American vaudeville & soft shoe. Helen was the youngest performer on the Schubert Theatre stage. She played in Vasa Federoff's Russian Church balalaika orchestra, sang in the acapella choir.
Helen learned needlework at Mama's knees and via family friend Ignatiy Rowda, tailor & horseman. She beaded and embroidered folk costumes, stitched and knitted beautiful clothing. Much joy came in passing the avid skills to her daughter and granddaughters.
A graduate of Commercial High School, she studied steno and shorthand, achieving 260 wpm. She worked at Hummel Bros, church activities, and the WWII effort. In 1943, Helen met her perfect match in John Lichatz. She danced with him for 52 years, in courtship and marriage, in a life rich in service balanced with crazy good times. Together, they traveled, grew friendships, a family, All Saints Church, and their beloved FROC.
Helen was an active, life member of All Saints choir and Sisterhood. She raised funds for Chernobyl's relief effort and aided immigrants in transitioning to America.
Helen will be dearly missed by her family: son John & his wife, Stephanie (Faber) of Boothbay, ME, son Matthew & his wife, Marlene (Chubb) of Avon, daughter, Christine Lichatz, of Mystic & Providence, RI,
granddaughters, Andrea Dziadul & her husband Dan of East Windsor, Zivon Kaczor, of Mystic, and Alexis Tammaro & her husband Angelus of East Hampton, her dear sisters-in-law Dolores & June Lichatz, nieces and nephews, and 5 great grandchildren.
Helen is pre-deceased by husband John, son Mark Lichatz, sister Ann Kunde and brothers, Michael & John Mesuna.
Our family extends deepest gratitude and appreciation to Avon Health Care's entire staff, Mom's angels.

Calling hours will be Friday, September 15, 2017, 5-8PM, with a Pannikhida service at 5:30PM at Newkirk and Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 16 at 10AM at All Saints Orthodox Church, 205 Scarborough St., Hartford. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Burial will conclude services in Hillside Cemetery, East Hartford. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.newkirkandwhitney.com

In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen's memory can be made to All Saints Orthodox Church.
Helen Mesuna Lichatz welcomed us into her life from the wellspring of her happy heart. She believed in us. She encouraged us to be our best. This was Helyn's nature; we'll carry her song forward.
At Helen's request, enjoy wearing bright, cheerful colors to her services. Rejoice!