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BAUMANN, Helen Marie (Walsh)

BAUMANN, Helen Marie (Walsh)

BAUMANN - Helen Marie (nee Walsh)
Helen Marie (Walsh) Baumann joined her heavenly Father in a loving embrace on Monday, June 11th, 2018. Heaven truly gained an Angel. Born Helen Marie Walsh, she was raised on family values and frugal virtues in the Buffalo area during the Great Depression and World War II. She held paying jobs as early as age 7, tending a fruit stand and reading books to a mentally handicapped neighbor. She served as a volunteer in the USO and maintained supportive correspondence with around 25 soldiers. She attained a management position in sales prior to marrying her neighbor, a friend of her oldest brother, shortly after the war. Soon she made the difficult choice to put her career on the back burner so she could pursue her other dream of raising her growing family. She passed on the values she learned during hard times to her children through example. She taught her girls to sew, making most of their Sunday dresses herself. She taught the boys and girls alike to cook, making every meal and every birthday cake from 'scratch'. She was a nurturing mother who cared for 10 children through a wide variety of sicknesses, ailments and emergencies. She was a staunch believer in discipline and hard work and accepted nothing less than a 100% effort. Helen taught her children to be happy with what they have. She cried openly at the gift of a new dress and would become giddy when presented with a rocky road ice cream cone or a bite of black licorice. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards on family nights and in several bridge groups. She enjoyed swimming, especially with her grandchildren. She loved to knit and crochet, making a multitude of socks, sweaters and afghans, most she designed herself. She persevered through many trials and hardships including what can only be considered the greatest heartbreak a parent can have: burying two of her children. Later in life she continued to pass these virtues on to her grandchildren. She tended to each of them as if they were her own. By the time of her passing she was the revered matriarch of almost 40 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded by her husband Paul A. Baumann; daughter Mary Ellen; son James F.; sisters Peggy and Jane and brothers Francis, Edward and Thomas. Helen is survived by her eight children, Paul A. Jr. (Ramona) of Gettysburg, PA, Patricia A. Ohanian of Frederick, MD, Barbara J. Mooney-O'Brien (Steven) of Syracuse, NY, Mark E. (Joyce) of Oneida, NY, Martha J. of Syracuse, NY, Joan B. Skawski of Ithaca, NY, Margaret B. Bergdolt (Mark) of Lafayette, CO, and Thomas M. (Diane) of Zephyrhills, FL.; 20 grandchildren and 14 (and counting) great-grandchildren; her brother and sisters, Dr. William Walsh, Mrs. Marie Dubick, Mrs. Patricia Herman, all of the greater Buffalo, NY area and several cousins, nieces and nephews. We, her children, have no doubt she now resides in heaven laughing with her siblings who have gone before her and maybe showing the angels how to remove tarnish from halos with vinegar and a little elbow grease. The family invites you to join us as we celebrate the life of this wonderful woman on Saturday, August 4th at 11:00 AM, in St. Ann's Church, 4471 Onondaga Blvd, Syracuse, NY 13219. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph's Church, Main Street, Buffalo at a later date. Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home, Family Owned & Operated, 5854 Belle Isle Rd., Syracuse, NY 13209, 315-488-5555

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