Helen Sloboda

Helen M. Sloboda

Monday, January 21st, 2019
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Cohoes Helen M. Sloboda, - Monday, January 21, 2019. Lifelong Cohoesier, 99 year old, Helen Mary Sloboda passed away peacefully in her cherished home on the banks of the Mohawk River surrounded by her loving family. Helen was happily married to John, the love of her life, for sixty seven years raising 7 children.

She is survived by her children Beverly (Vincent) Santillo, Wolcott, NY; Claudia (Peter) Osborn, Westfield, NJ; Donna (Keith) Walker, Rochester, NY; John A. (Joanne) Sloboda, Poestenkill, NY; Janice (John) Roche, Venice, FL: Robert (Sheila) Sloboda, Pittstown, NY, and predeceased by James Frank Sloboda. She is the beloved Babcie to 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Anna Szygalski and sister to the late Antoinette Saniski and John Szygalski.

Proud of her Polish/Ukrainian heritage, she was a lifelong dedicated member of St. Michael's Church, a member of the Rosary Society for 58 years and boastful of graduating in the first 8th grade class in the church hall at St. Michael's School.

Helen was a talented seamstress, knitter, quilter and cook. Among her special gifts were her Christmas walnut torte, her coleslaw, pierogi, golumbki and pysanky Easter eggs.

The family is grateful to Danuta and Shaquana for their compassionate care and friendship over the past 3 years. Babcie was revered and loved by many, especially her friend and "adopted daughter," Doris Vojnar.

Babcie's warm embrace stretched wider touching hearts, valuing each for their uniqueness and being deeply loved in return. Her passing will leave a void in so many lives. She truly brought out the best in all of us.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Michael's Church, 20 Page Avenue, Cohoes, NY 12047.

Her family will receive friends Sunday, January 27 from 4PM to 7PM at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 105 Vliet Blvd. Cohoes. Friends are invited to Helen's Funeral Mass Monday, January 28 at 11AM at St. Michael's Church 20 Page Ave, Cohoes. Interment follows immediately at St. Michael's Cemetery, Waterford.
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