Helen L. Brainard 1934-2020

BAZETTA — Helen L. Lamphear Brainard, 85, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Trumbull Regional Medical Center.

Helen was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Greene Township, to Aldrich E. and Isabel R. Probert Kagy.

She graduated from Greene High School in 1952.

In 1956, Helen was united in marriage to her first husband, Francis A. Lamphear Jr., who preceded her in death in 1978. In 1982, Helen married Wade Brainard, who preceded her in death in 2019.

Helen worked for many years as the bookkeeper for Cortland Fuel and Supply.

Helen was active in her community as a 4-H leader and Girl Scouts leader. She also worked the polling stations during elections.

Helen was a woman of great faith. She was a dedicated member of the Cortland United Methodist Church, where she spent 50 years singing in the choir. She was a Sunday school teacher and served as the treasurer. She was active with the United Methodist Women and served on various committees.

When she took time for herself, Helen enjoyed sewing, bowling, gardening and baking.

Helen is survived by her children, Nancy (William) Ulrich, David (DiAnna) Lamphear and Paul Lamphear; her grandchildren, Dayna N. (Jon Houston) Lamphear, Erica (Tod Bacha) Ulrich, Nicholas (Anna) Lamphear, Tracie (Cory Woodford) Ulrich, Kyle (Sandralene Kirchens) Lamphear and Valerie and Jennifer Wood; her great-grandchildren, Adam, Hadley and Silas; her brothers, Harold (Leona) Kagy and Walter (Brenda) Kagy; three stepdaughters; and many stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Besides husbands, Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Harriet Zerovich; her brother, Raymond Kagy; an infant brother; and a stepson.

Visitation for Helen will be held 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Lane Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel, Cortland, where a funeral service will immediately follow at noon. The use of a face mask is encouraged, and you are asked to exercise social distancing while in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to either Cortland United Methodist Church or Armstrong Memory Care Activity Fund. Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to leave condolences for the family.

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