Helen Lara 1923-2019

NILES — Helen Lara, 95, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home in Niles.

She was born Dec. 29, 1923, in NYC, the daughter of Sergio and Elena Bettancourt Quinones.

Helen worked as a bridal consultant for Carlisle’s Department Store for many years, and she also sewed bridal headpieces. She also managed apartments for SIMCO Corp.

Helen enjoyed ceramics and taught classes for several years.

She will be deeply missed by her daughter, Linda (Thomas) Arnold of Warren; daughter-in-law, Rita Lara of Niles; sister, Sylvia Cardona of Colorado; four grandchildren, Rick (Christine) Lara, Jason (Antoinette) Lara, Chris Arnold and Kim Arnold; six great-grandchildren, Allison Trickett (Beth), Ashley Lara, Ryan Gregory, Jason Lara Jr., Samantha Monroe and Daniel Monroe (Marietta).

Her husband, Albert Lara, whom she married June 9, 1945, died Nov. 9, 2003.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Richard Lara; her brother, Salvatore Quinones; and two sisters, Doris Mendoza and Josie Mendoza.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Family and friends may light a candle and post on Helen’s tribute wall by visiting www.josephrossifuneralhome.com.

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