Helen A. Kania

May 16, 1928 - April 1, 2014
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Helen A. (Karaskiewicz) Kania, 85, died Tuesday, April 1 in Baystate Medical Center. Born in Ludlow she was the daughter of Michael and Ann (Kargol) Karaskiewicz. She was a machine operator for the Rexcell Plastics Co., of Ludlow. Helen was a communicant of Christ the King Church. She was predeceased by her husband Anthoni M. Kania in 1999. She is survived by five sons; Theodore A Kania and his partner Bianca of Beverly, MA, Frank M. Kania and his wife Patricia of East Longmeadow, John J. Kania and his friend Beth of Ludlow, Mitchell S. Kania and his wife Susan of Palmer and Paul M. Kania and his wife Kim of Ludlow. She also leaves one sister, Josephine Zucco and her husband Donald of Ludlow and five grandchildren, Jason, John, Justin, Elizabeth and Jennifer and one great grandson Jason Matthew Kania.

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Family and friends may gather on Saturday, April 5 at 8:45 am at the Kapinos Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am at Christ the King Church, followed by Rites of Committal at Island Pond Cemetery.

Island Pond Cemetery
Center Street
Ludlow, MA 1056

Christ the King Catholic Church
41 Warsaw Avenue
Ludlow, MA 1056


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Born: May 16, 1928
Died: April 1, 2014

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Karen Kubby posted on 1/1/15

In the early 1980's I was privileged to serve with Ruth on the City of Iowa City's Committee on Community Needs. I was a young sassy lass getting my feet wet in volunteerism and local government. Ruth was a steady, quiet force that asked rational questions and brought great compassion to the hard work of allocating money in a competitive environment. She was an excellent positive role model for me at a time when most of my political role models locally were negative ones--showing me how I DIDN'T want to be. Thank you Ruth, for being such a grand woman.


Gina Crosheck posted on 1/1/15

Dearest Sam and family, Ruth stood as a giant among the people I have known in my lifetime. She will be sorely missed. She gave so much to others over the years. Her humility and commitment to helping the rest of us regardless of our ability get through this life will be remembered for years to come. I am grateful to have known her and been cared for by her. My thoughts are with you. Gina 'McGee' Crosheck


Steve Robe posted on 1/1/15

I am so sorry for your loss. Ruth was a wonderful woman, and I am glad to have known her.


Pat Forsythe posted on 1/1/15

Dear Sam and family, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on Ruth's passing. You were always so wonderful in support of my efforts at the Hoover, and I missed seeing you of late. Ruth's accomplishments were many -- I am in awe -- and the love you two shared will be a blessing to all who knew you. Again, I am so sorry. Warm personal regards, Pat [email protected]


Dale and Norma Wilhelm posted on 1/1/15

Mr. Becker: We met you recently at the State Room dinner we attended with our daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and George Weiner. So sorry about your loss. Ruth must have been a truly fine person. God bless you and yours.


Mimi and Brian Harvey posted on 1/1/15

My husband and I got to know Ruth when I was a graduate student in the Communication Dept. of the University of Iowa. We had a number of lovely lunches with Ruth and Sam during which we learned about their lives. We were both impressed with the warmth and humor Ruth exuded. We feel honored to have known her....even if for just a short time. Sam, our thoughts are with you and your family. warmest regards, Mimi and Brian Harvey


Lawrence Wenner and Susan Rice posted on 1/1/15

We were so sad to hear of Ruth's passing and remember her so warmly hosting so many odd assortments of graduate students in the Speech and Dramatic Arts department. She was always gracious and special and her commitment to retarded children and adults helped so very much. We will miss her and our hearts go out to Sam and his family.


Jim and Carol Anderson posted on 1/1/15

Ruth always made us welcome in her home. It was an honor to know her.


Carlos and Melissa Aleman posted on 1/1/15

Our thoughts and prayers for the family, our hearts to Sam. I'll remember Ruth for the kindness she always extended to me, but especially when I visited the Becker home.


Karen Davis Leibold posted on 1/1/15

Our thoughts are with you all. Thinking of your mom brings happy thoughts of Girl Scouts, UES, City Park Pool, Park Road, garage sales....and a admirable woman.


The Ascroft Family posted on 1/1/15

Dear Sam and Family, We were saddened to hear of Ruth's death. She was such a strong, admirable woman who will be missed by many in Iowa City. Joe and Samantha will miss running into her at garage sales. Deepest sympathy from us all. Joe & Irene Ascroft [email protected]