SOUTHBURY — Helen Blazys of Watertown died peacefully Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the Lutheran Home. She was the widow of Walter E. Blazys.

Helen was born June 30, 1934 on Munger Lane in Bethlehem, in the guest house on the Bellamy Ferriday Estate. She was the daughter of the late Jennie (Squires) and William Munson. She graduated from Woodbury High School.

She married Walt, the love of her life, in 1955 and together they built a life with their three daughters on “The Hill” overlooking Lake Winnemaug and the Blazys farm. Helen was the quintessential farmer’s wife and supported Walter’s hard work until their retirement in 1973.

Helen was a charter member of the Columbiettes in Watertown and held every office in the club, which eventually became the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. 

She was an avid gardener, cultivating daylilies that were shared abundantly with family and friends all over the country.

She and Walt traveled the country through the 1970s and 80s. They loved spending time on Cape Ann, where she would occasionally go deep sea fishing with Walt. Her famous cakes were loved by one and all, especially at the 4th of July party at Munson’s Grove (The Brook).

Helen was, above all, devoted to her family; a wonderful and dedicated mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Carolyn Nadeau (Ken Whitman) of Bethlehem and Harbor Island, S.C., Leslie Demerville of Florida and Elaine Blazys (Richard Gulledge) of Winter Garden, Fla. 

Her grandchildren were the light of her life, Collette Nadeau of Middletown, Greg Nadeau of Bethlehem, Christina Demerville and Oliver and Zachary Bolhouse of Winter Garden, Fla.

She was pre-deceased by her brothers, Richard, Bill, Bob and Kenny Munson, as well as her sister, Ruth Cronin. She leaves behind her sister, Doris Buinauskas, and her brother, Jack Munson. She also leaves many nieces and nephews, some of whom were her closest friends right to the end.

Helen’s daughters would like to extend their deepest and most heartfelt appreciation to the staff at the Lutheran Home. These amazing people gave her kind and loving care that brought her peace and dignity in her final days.

Because of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Celebration of Helen’s Life will be scheduled in the summer. 

Arrangements are by Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lutheran Home of Southbury, 900 Main St. North, Southbury 06488; or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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