HORNELL-Helen P. Weyand, 83, of 61 Kansas Ave., Hornell, died unexpectedly on Thursday (February 25, 2016) at her home.
A native & life resident of Hornell, she was born May 23, 1932 and was the daughter of Howard & Marion (Peck) Pascoe.
Helen grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1950). After graduating from high school, she enlisted in the US Air Force, serving her country from 1951 – 1953 during the Korean Conflict. Helen was a Staff Sergeant and a member of the WAF (Women in the Air Force).
Following her honorable discharge from the US Air Force, Helen spent seven years as a bookkeeper at the Hornell YMCA. In 1977, she began working at the New York State Department of Labor as a stenographer after spending several years at home raising her family. She eventually became office manager of the Grounds Crew and Road Maintenance Department of the New York State Department of Transportation. Helen retired in 1995.
Helen was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church. She was a very active member of the Arthur H. Cunningham Post #440 Hornell American Legion (Arthur H. Cunningham was actually her uncle) and currently served as treasurer. Helen was also instrumental in organizing the Fourth of July parade, the Memorial Day Parade, and the Veterans Day Memorial Service honoring service men and women. She was a member of the Hornell VFW; and a former member of the Hornell Association. She also enjoyed knitting and recently knitted 45 hats for the University of Maryland Baltimore County Track Team, in the team’s black & gold colors.
Throughout the years, Helen served on the Board of Directors of the Hornell Area United Way and had been a member of the Hornell Parent Teacher Association. She served as a volunteer for the Hornell Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and the Hornell YMCA. She had also been active with the Hornell Camp Fire Girls and had been a Blue Bird Leader.
Helen was married in 1959 to James “Jim” Weyand who died in 1988. She was also preceded in death by 5 sisters, Frances Stratton, Marcia Gentile, Betsy Joseph, Nancy Emerson and Mary Waight; 1 brother, Howard Pascoe.
Surviving are 3 daughters, Barbara (Robert) Kulp of Vestal, NY, Joan Weyand of Corning and Mary (Martin) Pieklo of Hornell; 4 sisters, Martha (Ralph) Gardner of Buffalo, Alice (Earl) DeRienzo of Canandaigua, Carol Pascoe of Hornell, NY and Linda Barnes of Clyde, NY; 8 grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.
The family of Helen P. Weyand will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY where military honors will be conducted at the conclusion of calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Helen’s family request that memorial contributions in her name be made to Broome-Tioga Special Olympics, c/o John Crosby, 9 Londonderry Lane, Owego, NY 13827. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
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In recognition of Helen’s service to her country during the Korean Conflict, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.