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A Memorial Mass for Helen Annalett, 68, a retired North Tonawanda reading teacher, will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 8449 Main St. Clarence.

Mrs. Annalett died Wednesday (Dec. 24, 1997) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She had taught reading in North Tonawanda's Col. Payne and Grant Elementary Schools from 1970 to 1988, when she retired. Years afterward, she returned to teaching, this time as a sewing instructor at the Clarence Senior Citizens Center.

"My mother traveled with my father when she could, and her later life was devoted to her five granddaughters," said her daughter, Susan Casilio.

The former Helen Ocskay was born and raised in Buffalo and graduated from Riverside High School in 1947. She interrupted her education to start a family, but years later returned college, earning a bachelor of science degree from the former Buffalo State College and then a master's degree from the University of Buffalo.

Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Adolph, of Clarence; a son, Michael of Williamsville; one daughter, Mrs. Casilio of Williamsville; her mother, Julia Ocskay of Buffalo; two sisters, Mary Gurzynski of Kenmore, and Lillian Perencz of Clearwater, Fla.; and five granddaughters.


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