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December 20, 2012

Helen A. Duga

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RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Helen A. Duga, 92, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at the Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown. She had the peace and comfort of her loving family at her side. 

Helen was born on May 23, 1920, in New Haven, Conn., daughter of the late Joseph and Stella Saloman. She came to the town of Warren from New Haven in 1924 and was educated in both Warren and Richfield Springs schools.

On March 2, 1946 she was united in marriage to John Duga Jr. in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Cherry Valley. They soon after resided in Richfield Springs where they raised their family. After a loving union of 61 years, John passed away on June 21, 2007.

Helen was a member of the St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Richfield Springs. She held prior employment at the Remington Arms and Shurcatch Fishing Tackle Company.

Helen was a remarkable woman with an infectious smile. Her warm and loving spirit touched the lives of many. Family was most important to her, which was reflected in her love and dedication to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Surviving her are her son Ronald Duga and his wife JoAnn of Ilion; her daughter Joan Burditt and her husband Robert of Richfield Springs; six grandchildren: Steven Duga of Mohawk, Kimberly Obreza and her husband Matthew of Mohawk, Jason Duga and his wife Emily of Rochester, Nan Campbell and her husband Kevin of Underhill, VT, Christopher Burditt and his wife Amy of Richfield Springs, and Jennifer Mayer and her husband Christopher of Richfield Springs; eleven great grandchildren: Aaliyah Gomillion, Alexandria Duga, Madison, Connor, and Brayden Obreza, Sienna Duga, Ellie and Morgan Campbell, John and Dylan Burditt, and Sullivan Mayer; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her husband, Helen was preceded in death by her sister Laura Sdrewski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 1:00 pm at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Richfield Springs. The Reverend Matthew Wetsel will officiate. Internment will immediately follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Helen be considered to the St. Joseph the Worker Parish, PO Box 791, Richfield Springs, NY 13439 or the Richfield Springs Rescue Squad, PO Box 1456, Richfield Springs. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.