Helen Gatenby

Helen Elizabeth Gatenby

Sunday, July 8th, 1923 - Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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Helen E. (Urbanek) Gatenby, 96, of Fayetteville, NY formerly of Erie, PA passed away on July 2, 2020 at Francis House in Syracuse, NY.

Helen was born July 8, 1923 in Carnegie, PA, to Joseph Urbanek and Honorata Galuszka who immigrated from Małopolska, Poland in the early 1910’s. She graduated from Carnegie High School in 1941 and then Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Prior to raising a family, she worked for Pittsburgh Water Heater Corp. and the Veteran’s Administration.

The family moved to Erie, PA in 1955 and, after the children had grown, Helen volunteered at St. Luke’s Church, the Second Harvest Food Bank, EmergyCare Headquarters, and the 911 Call Center. She enjoyed exercising, playing bridge, and word search puzzles.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Lorne; sister, Mary Drexler; and brother, John Urbanek.

Surviving are her children, Robert (Abby), Noreen (Tom) Linnemann Richard (Angela); grandchildren, Jordan Gatenby, Julia Kleingarn, John Gatenby, and Mary Gatenby; several great-grandchildren; niece, Barbara Drexler; and nephew, Jack Drexler.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 6 pm on Monday, July 6 at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 East Genesee Street, Fayetteville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Tuesday, July 7 at Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Salt Springs Street, Fayetteville. The Committal Service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, July 8 at Mary, Queen of Peace Mausoleum, 6000 Lake Pleasant Road, Erie, PA.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, July 6th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel
    7191 E. Genesee Street
    Fayetteville, NY 13066
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  • Service

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 10:00am
    Immaculate Conception Church
    400 Salt Springs Street
    Fayetteville, New York 13066
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Mary, Queen of Peace Cemetery and Mausoleum
    6000 Lake Pleasant Road
    Erie, Pennsylvania 16509
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cindy belczyk

Posted at 01:11pm
Helen was a lovely person. So cheerful and always smiling. She was a good friend to me and my Dad. When she lived in Erie I enjoyed having tea at her house, having lunch out and going shopping. My condolences to the family.

John Sos

Posted at 08:13pm
Helen Gatenby was a wonderful person, always had a great smile on her face and kindness in her heart. God Bless.

Kathleen Burik

Posted at 10:58am
Helen was a wonderful friend to me and to the entire Belczyk family for so many years. We were blessed to have her in our lives and will cherish the times that we spent with her. Helen was always so cheerful and full of energy. I missed her when she left Erie but we stayed in touch on the phone at least a couple of times/year. Clearly she and her husband Lorne raised a wonderful family. I wish the family the very best. Sincerely, Kathy Belczyk Burik

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Posted at 01:25pm
Love Barb & Jack
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