Helen was born on December 2nd, 1923 to immigrant parents from Czechoslovakia, John and Suzannah Bubnash, in the small coal mining town of Perryopolis. She was one of seven children: Mary Hegarty Fisher, John, George, Michael, Edward and Paul. Her father was a hard-working coal miner and the heart of the family was her mother, “Baba”, who lived to be 100 years old!
Upon completing high school, she moved to NYC and lived with her sister Mary. She worked as a draftsman and later went to work at American Maize Co. in the heart of the city. A handsome returning soldier, Bill Wasmuth was hired soon after and an “office romance” ensued. Bill and Helen were married on October 9th, 1948. They moved to Bay Ridge Queens and then to St. Albans. From there, they had a small ranch built in Farmingdale, NY, where they raised 4 daughters; Kathy, Patty, Mary Beth, and Barbara. Helen was a stay at home mom until her “girls” were older and then got a job working at a school cafeteria. She later went on to work as a supervisor in a mail order fulfillment company, long before Amazon was even a dream.
In 1984, Helen and Bill moved to beautiful Naples, Florida. They lived in Naples Estates and enjoyed a very active social life. One by one her daughters followed her down to Naples. Helen loved living in Naples and could often be heard telling her daughters, “Aren’t you glad we moved to Naples? It’s so beautiful!”
Her beloved husband, Bill, passed away in November 2012 and she remained living independently in Naples Estates under the watchful eyes of her daughters. After Hurricane Irma, it became apparent that she could no longer live on her own. She moved in with her daughter Kathy and later on with Mary Beth. She enjoyed having a glass of white zinfandel every day at “cocktail hour”. Helen had loved going to the penny-anny casinos and also to Bingo. She did her crossword puzzles every day and word jumbles daily. She also loved to watch game shows, especially Jeopardy.
Helen will always be remembered as a kind, loving, beautiful mother and grandmother of 10. She was generous in every way and would never go out of the house without matching jewelry and lipstick. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends, but our “Little Helen” will live on in our memories forever.
Visitation will be held at Fuller Funeral Home, 4735 Tamiami Trail East, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 6pm. Funeral Mass will take place at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane Naples, Florida 34105 or www.avowcares.org.