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Cheshire Obituaries: Helen Slusarz, 86

Proud and dignified of her ability to help those in need, she was one of the first RN’s at the T.B.I. Unit when it first started at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, where she worked for 30 years until her retirement.

Helen Slusarz, 86, entered into rest on December 8, 2013.
Helen Slusarz, 86, entered into rest on December 8, 2013.



Helen Slusarz, 86, entered into rest on Dec. 8, 2013 at Hartford Hospital. She was the devoted wife of the late Richard T. Slusarz, Sr.

Helen was born on July 21, 1927 in Freeland, PA, the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Zoshak Chonko, and has been a Cheshire resident since 1966.

Helen was a Registered Nurse, and that’s what people learned about her when they first met her. Proud and dignified of her ability to help those in need, she was one of the first RN’s at the T.B.I. Unit when it first started at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, where she worked for 30 years until her retirement. She aspired to be among the best in her profession, and her friends and colleagues would agree that she did obtain her goal.

Helen was a founding member of St. Thomas Becket Church in Cheshire and would attend the Rosary weekly. She is the beloved mother of Richard T. Slusarz, Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Prospect; Mark S. Slusarz and his partner Joseph Romano of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ; and Mary F. Massa of Meriden.

Helen is survived by her cherished grandchildren Melissa Hass and Brianna Slusarz, and her loving nephew and nieces. She was predeceased by her brothers; Joseph and George Chonko and her sister, Anna Gass.

Her funeral procession will leave the Alderson Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 So. Main St., Cheshire, CT 06410, on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Becket Church. Interment will follow at St. Bridget Cemetery. Friends may greet the family at the funeral home on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m.

At the request of the family with gratitude for the care Helen received at Gaylord and Elim Park, memorial contributions may be made to either Gaylord Hospital, Developmental Office, P.O. Box 400, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to Elim Park, Developmental Office, 140 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire, CT 06410.

To view these arrangements online, share a story or leave condolences for the family visit www.aldersonfuneralhomes.com 

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