Helen R. Hassay

STRUTHERS – Helen Ruth Hassay, 89, died Wednesday afternoon, March 5, 2014, at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles.

Mrs. Hassay was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Joseph and Annie Kocur Granchie.

She was a 1943 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, worked as a bookkeeper for R.C. Organ for 23 years, and retired in 1990 from Brevini after 12 years of service.

She was a member of Christ Our Savior Parish at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Struthers. Mrs. Hassay was also a member of the National Slovak Society and Slovak Catholic Sokols. Helen was active in the Band Boosters when her children were growing up.

In her free time, she enjoyed crafts, sewing, crocheting, knitting, baking, and especially trying her luck on the machines at Mountaineer Casino.

She leaves her husband, Frank E. Hassay, whom she married April 3, 1948; three daughters, Paula (Bob) Leon of Warren, Helene Firlik of Bedford, Texas, and Frances “Chickie” (Dave) Moorhead of Solon; sister, Ann (James) Ribicic of California; and six grandchildren, Adrianne Leon of Charlotte, N.C., Robert Leon of Houston, Texas, Megan Firlik of Bedford, Texas, Joe (Susan) Moorhead of Brecksville, Tiffany (Adam) Scavone of New York, N.Y., and Hillary (Dan) Morrison of Chicago.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by sisters Margaret (Stephen) Beney and Chris (Michael) Onda, and brothers Albert and Joe Granchie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 250 N. Bridge St., Struthers. Inurnment will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the church, prior to the Mass.

Helen’s family would like to express their appreciation and thank Shepherd of the Valley in Niles for the loving support and care they gave to her, especially Cheryl Grove, with whom Helen had a special bond.

The family suggests that any memorial gifts take the form of contributions in Mrs. Hassay’s name to Shepherd of the Valley Niles Activities Fund, 1500 McKinley Ave., Niles, OH 44446, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3695B, Suite 301, Boardman Canfield Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home. Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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