Obituary of Helen Cecelia Oggiani

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Helen Cecelia Oggiani, 97 of Housatonic, died Sunday August 12, 2018 at Fairview Commons Nursing Center surrounded by her loving family where she had resided for six months. She was born in Housatonic, on July 11, 1921, and was the daughter of Joseph and Marianna Bubrzyski Gromelski. Helen attended local schools and was a 1939 graduate of the former Williams High School. Helen worked at the former Monument Mills, Housatonic as a payroll clerk; in the office at the former Home Gas Company for 15 years and was a teller at the former Great Barrington Savings Bank. She was a communicant of Corpus Christi Church of the Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish. Helen had been a lifelong member of the former All Saints Church, where she was one of its first Eucharistic Ministers, a member of its Rosary Sodality, a member of the church choir and parish council, and a lector. Helen also served on its 75th Anniversary Committee, and Finance Committee.  She actively participated in the annual All Saints Polish Picnics where she even into her 80’s could dance five polkas in a row. She also sold Avon for over 40 years. Helen’s husband Peter R. Oggiani who she married in All Saints Church on June26, 1948 predeceased her on July 2, 1954. She is survived by her son Louis J. Oggiani and his wife Joan, of West Stockbridge, twin grandsons, Peter J., and Michael L. Oggiani, and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband,Helen was predeceased, by one brother Joseph Gromelski, three sisters, Frances Sarmuk(Bill), Sally Deutsch(Joe), and Eleanor Kay (Stanley).

Funeral services for Helen Cecelia Oggiani will be held on Friday August 17 at 10:00 AM with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at Corpus Christi Church of the Saint Teresa Parish with the Reverend William P. Murphy pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Bridget’s Cemetery. Family will receive friends at a calling hour preceding the funeral from 8:30-9:30 AM at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME. Family requests that in lieu of flowers, that expressions of sympathy in Helen’s memory, may be made to the Saint Teresa of Calcutta Building Fund or the Williams High School Scholarship Fund, both in care of the funeral home at 33 South Street, Great Barrington, MA. 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com

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