Helen Doris (Hathway) Jenack

Born: Wed., Feb. 5, 1919
Died: Thu., Oct. 18, 2012


9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Oct. 22, 2012
Location: Croghan

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Mon., Oct. 22, 2012
Location: Scanlon Funeral Home

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HARRISVILLE, NY ~ Helen D. Jenack, 93, formerly of Harris Courts and Maple Street, Harrisville, died on Thursday, October 18, 2012, in the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility, Lowville, where she had resided since May, 2011.

     Born on February 5, 1919, the seventh of ten children, in Harrisville, NY, a daughter of Fred E. and Libby J. Caldwell Hathway, she received her early education at Tylers Corners School in Harrisville, and was graduated from Harrisville High School in 1936.  

     She married Edward C. “Ted” Jenack on July 4, 1936, at St. Francis Solanus Church Rectory in Harrisville by Rev. D. J. Brault.  Mr. Jenack died at the age of 49 on September 5, 1967.

     In addition to working as a mother and homemaker for much of her life, Helen worked as the cook for Kilbourn’s Hotel in Harrisville from the late 1960’s until 1978.  She also worked as the bookkeeper for the Nutrition Program in Harrisville, which was under the Lewis County Office for the Aging, from 1976 until 1996, when she retired at the age of 75.

     Her favorite pastimes included reading and doing crossword puzzles. Throughout her life, she was well known to family and friends for her great story-telling, and will always be remembered for her wit, wonderful sense of humor, and being Harrisville’s #1 NY Yankee’s Fan.

     Surviving are five children; three sons, Paul E. (Kip) Jenack, of Lowville, Frederick M. Jenack, of Harrisville, and William F. (Suzanne) of Fairport, NY, and two daughters, Ellen C. (Rick ) Bush, of Lowville, and Dixie D. (Thomas) Dickinson, of Harrisville; her son-in-law, Edward J. “Punk” Finn, of Lowville; 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

     She was predeceased by her daughter, Polly A. Finn, who died in 2008, and all of her siblings including five brothers, Arthur, Elbert, William, Jack and Richard Hathway, and four sisters, Albertine Weaver, Lillian Youngs, Dorothy Smith, and Freda Dundon.

     A Memorial Service for Helen will be held on Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Scanlon Funeral Home, 9791 Main St., CROGHAN, with the Rev. Christopher J. Looby, Harrisville native and Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Brushton, NY, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Harrisville Community Cemetery, Harrisville.

     Calling hours will be on Monday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the time of her service at the funeral home.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department or Harrisville Rescue Squad.


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Heather Andresen
   Posted Fri October 19, 2012
Please know you and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love the Lifeskills crew

Dorothy A. Hathway
   Posted Sat October 20, 2012
I wish that I could come to Aunt Helen's service. It would be wonderful to see you all again. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you.
Love, Dottie

Betsy Kilbourn Ambruoso
   Posted Sat October 20, 2012
I want to extend my sympathies to all of Helen''''''''s children and family. Helen was a part of our family for a good many years. She was as hard on us kids as my Mom was and always seemed to catch us doing something we shouldn''''''''t have been doing. She was a joy and a lady with some of the greatest wit I''''''''ve ever run in to. She will be sorely missed by many. RIP Helen.

Mary and Randy Patnode Family
   Posted Sat October 20, 2012
Dixie and Jenack Family;

We were sorry to hear about Helen. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Nancy Ziegler
   Posted Sat October 20, 2012
To the family of Helen Jenack,
Thoughts and prayers are with all of you, a family Helen was so proud of.

Karen Phillips-Maples
   Posted Sat October 20, 2012
I am so Sorry for the lost of Aunt helen. She was such a loving women.. She will be miss greatly!!!!

Marie McCarthy
   Posted Sat October 20, 2012
So sorry to hear of the loss of one of the wonderful women of "the greatest generation". My thoughts go out to you all: Fred, Dixie and all of the family.. Your mother was a good friend to our mother and a pillar of the community. Wishing you strength from your fond memories....Marie McCarthy

Trisha Moore
   Posted Sat October 20, 2012
Helen was such a great woman. I was lucky to have known her. She brought many smiles to many people. I will miss her. She was the queen! RIP Helen. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.

Mel and Leanna Trombley
   Posted Sun October 21, 2012
Dixie, Ellen, Fred and Jenack family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, wishing you comfort and peace in this time of sorrow. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.
Mel and Leanna

chris and roy ingram
   Posted Sun October 21, 2012
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Jerry Carvell
   Posted Sun October 21, 2012
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I remember her and her children fondly.

Mick Dooley
   Posted Sun October 21, 2012
I remember Helen as one of the nicest people of her generation I ever knew in Harrisville. My condolences to the family.

Linda and Steve fowler
   Posted Sun October 21, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Hold tight to the beautiful memories they will help you to face the days ahead.

Rod and Ebby Fraser
   Posted Sun October 21, 2012
Rod and I are so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Helen was a beautiful woman in every way. We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Patricia Waugh Scott
   Posted Mon October 22, 2012
Helen''s Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Helen was a very cheerful and loving person. I always asked about her when I was in Harrisville. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

cheryl oreshack/Gloria St.peter
   Posted Mon October 22, 2012
your family is in our thoughts and prayers. mom will surely miss her favorite aunt. i remmember as a child when we would get together for a visit staying up and listening to her stories and how much fun she was.WE were truly blessed to have her in our lives.

Gloria(buckey) and cheryl

Benjamin Barnard
   Posted Mon October 22, 2012
Helen was one of the nicest and most amazing people I have met in my life. Not to mention a cut-throat Skip-Bo player:) My condolences to her friends and family, and to the Yankees who have lost their #1 fan. We were all truly fortunate to have had her in our lives.

Barbie Kilbourn Cooper
   Posted Wed October 24, 2012
I just wanted you all to know I'm thinking of you and sending prayers your way. Helen was like a second mother to the "Kilbourn Kids". Trying her hardest to keep us in line - like THAT was easy! Our families have been tied together for as long as I can remember. I know they're all up there looking down with smiles and pride thinking - look at our kids - still at it. They passed on their ways through us and we're now doing our best to pass these wonderful ways on to the next generation - and it's working! Love you all - Barbie

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