Helen M. Blandino

August 9, 1946 – February 1, 2020
Place of Birth: 
Geneva, New York
Place of Death: 
Newark, New York
Newark, New York

Service Event Information

February 8, 2020 - 11:00am
St.Michael Church
South Main Street
Newark, NY


Helen M. Blandino

Newark-Helen M. Blandino, 73, entered into her eternal rest Saturday, February 1, 2020 with her beloved husband Peter at her side.

 Friends are invited to celebrate Helen's life at a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM on Saturday, February 8th at St. Michael Church, South Main Street, Newark.

To honor Helen's memory and the beautiful care that was given to her, in lieu of flowers please contribute to Laurel House Comfort Care Home, 224 Fair Street, Newark, New York 14513 or to honor her love of all creatures, the Humane Society of Wayne County, 1475 County House Road, Lyons, New York 14489.

Born August 9, 1946 in Geneva daughter of the late Frank and Genevieve (Maugiri) Ricci, Helen graduated from DeSalles High School in 1964, attended the Freeman School of Business to prepare for a career with the DDSO in Newark for 36 years.  Throughout her career at the Newark Developmental Center, Helen served in many administrative capacities but is primarily known for her love, dedication and compassion for the children and adults who resided there. 

 After retiring, Helen embraced community service with her trademarked zeal and energy.  She was the Secretary of the NWCH Auxiliary for 26 years, her love of lighthouses led her to serve as Secretary of the Sodus Bay Historical Society.  Her love of her Country was evident as Helen served as Vice Chairman of the Arcadia Republican Committee for over a decade and then her appointment and election to Newark Village Board.

As the Board liaison to the Public Library, NAVA, where she also was a Board member Helen listened and advocated fiercely for those causes.

Closest to her heart was the Newark Police Department and its Officers and the Newark Volunteer Fire Department and all of its members.  Her commitment to the Police Department was shown in her involvement with the restoration and remodeling of the faculty on East Miller Street. Helen loved working with and being friends with all of the employees of the Village of Newark and was always there to advocate for them.

 Combining her love of all things gardening, Helen embraced her Village responsibility to being instrumental in renovations of Perkins Park, Central Park and the Newark Cemeteries.

 Her boundless energy led her to her enjoyment of Zumba, Curves and yoga.  This does not include the miles that she walked every day or the evenings that she and Peter would drive around the village, park and walk around to see what needed to be worked on.

 Helen worshiped at St. Michael Parish in Newark.  Her faith and strength of her convictions were evident to all who loved her.  Helen was a gentle, selfless and generous woman.

 Helen is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Peter, their love of each other and deep friendship will be remembered by all who know them.  She is also survived by her brother-in-law James Blandino and Sister-in-law Joanne Blandino of Lyons.  Her nephew Michael (MaryJo) Blandino and niece Doreen Blandino.  She will be loved and remembered by numerous cousins, friends and everyone whose life was touched in so many different ways and times.





It was a sad day on Sunday after I learned of Helen's death, although it certainly was not unexpected.  Reality often hits hard though, even when we think we are prepared for it.  Some will say that her passing was a blessing but I stop short of calling it that, although I am glad that her suffering has ended.  My thoughts and prayers are with her, but at this time it is more appropriate that they be directed towards Peter who stayed by her side as her faithful husband and best friend.  It was truly amazing and heartwarming to witness his devotion to her over the recent weeks and months of her suffering.  His attention to her every need was well beyond what would be expected from any spouse. I guess that is what I'd call the manifestation of true love, but I am also sure that it wasn't easy for him as he stayed by her side for virtually every day and night throughout her ordeal.  I have no doubt that his constant presence and love comforted her greatly during her long fight.  It was actually a prolonged and very fierce fight but she never gave up and steadfastly fought on despite her suffering.  I am pleased that she was able to gain enough strength to return home for a month which I hope allowed her to achieve serenity and a sense of closure along with an opportunity to reflect on her vibrant life.


I met Helen years ago through my association with Peter and later I had the pleasure of serving with her on the NAVA Board of Directors for almost 10 years.  She served faithfully and devotedly as Vice-President right up until her death. That was just one of the many positions she held in various organizations within the community, which included service as a Trustee on the Newark Village Board.  Helen and her husband made a formidable team as they devoted so much of their lives to unselfish service to the public.  Working with her on the NAVA Board was certainly a distinct pleasure, but I especially  enjoyed meeting her for coffee at Tim Horton's every so often where we discussed anything and everything that came to mind.  Helen  was a good friend and a quiet yet powerful voice in the defense of her beliefs and values centered around honesty and integrity which is the highest compliment that I can give to anyone.  She also helped me sort out a few things in my life for which I am very grateful.  Rest in peace Helen and thanks for your wonderful friendship.

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