CLEARWATER, FL- Joseph A. Helnarski, 94, former longtime resident of Mechanicville, a loving father, grandfather and avid baseball fan, died Sunday, March 8th, in Palm Harbor, Fl.
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Born in Victory Mills, NY Sept 26, 1925, Mr. Helnarski enlisted in the US Navy during WWII, serving from 1944-46. Upon his honorable discharge, he settled and raised his family in Hemstreet Park, Mechanicville. Joe worked for Roland J Downs, and over 30 years for UA Local #7 Plumbers and Steamfitters, retiring in 1989. After his retirement, he moved to Safety Harbor, Fl with his wife, Patricia. He then worked part-time for over 20 years at Walgreens Liquor store in Safety Harbor. Joe and his wife Patricia enjoyed their many years in Florida, at beaches, and visiting with family and friends.
Joe was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years Patricia in 2016, grandson Steven Patrick Dumar, and siblings Stanley and Michael Helnarski, Sophie Pratt, Mary Katz and Stella Scerbo.
Survivors include children: Patricia Morrow, Joseph (Jill) Helnarski and Kathleen M. LaRose, grandchildren: Michael Dumar, Sean McCullen, Stefanie (Chris) Bastien, Joseph (Erika) Helnarski, Jr and Jonathan Helnarski, with great grandchildren Lily and Sofie Bastien and Gordon Helnarski , nieces, nephews and families.
Calling Hours will be held at at DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St., Mechanicville on Saturday, March 14 from 12-2 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 PM, with military honors burial to follow in St. Peter's Cemetery, Stillwater.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern NY, in fond memory of Joseph A. Helnarski.