Helen Robbins Paratore
August 10, 1922 ‒ February 05, 2016
Helen Robbins Paratore passed away peacefully Friday, February 5, 2016 in her home surrounded by her family.
Helen was born August 10, 1922 in Marion Ohio to Elizabeth Powell and Lester Plotner. At 2 years old she went to live with Katie and Orville Gay in LaRue Ohio and she was raised by them until she was 8 years old. She attended school in Larue and Marion and was an excellent student and wrote poetry and stories her entire life.
In 1938 she married Joseph W. Robbins and he passed away suddenly in 1962. As a widow at 40 years old, she raised their ten children after that on her own. Honoring their mother are sons Bill (Claire) Robbins of Gahanna Ohio, Bob (Dorothy) Robbins of Westerville Ohio, and Phil (Carolyn) Robbins of Marion. Her daughters are Judi Olsen, Kathy (Steve) Brammer, Patti Culp (Lonnie Cox) , Maureen Vansickle (Jeff) Diehl, Janet (John) Taylor, all of Marion, and Donna (David) Freese, Monroe Michigan, and Debbie (Stan) Kennard of Ann Arbor Michigan. She will be deeply missed by her 32 grandchildren, Eric Robbins, Leslie Etheridge, Steve Robbins, Linda Anthony and Matt Robbins, David, Leslie, Mark Olsen, Vernon Davenport, Sarah Miles, Tony, April and Tim Robbins, Joe and Jason Brammer, Erin Robbins Williams and Joe Robbins, Kellie Dillinger, Joellen Smith, and Ryan Culp, Andy, Jennifer, and Betsy Vansickle, Johnny and Danny Taylor, Christie Benvenuto, DJ Freese, and Mary Freese, and Harris, Lee and Spencer Kennard. 44 great-grandchildren and Taylor twins due in May, and one great-great granddaughter, Norah Robbins and many loved nieces, nephews and friends.
She went to work after the death of her husband in 1962, and was a valued employee at JC Penney Store, SuperX Drug Store, and Marion Federal Savings and Loan in her working career. After her retirement in 1983 she married Jim Paratore of Akron Ohio and he survives her along with his children and her brother Fred Feeney of Dublin.
Among those preceding her in death were her parents, her first husband Joe Robbins, and sister Juanita Plotner Callahan.
She was a faithful member of St Mary Catholic Church in Marion.
Calling hours will be Monday, February 8, 2016 from 5pm to 8pm John M. Boler Activity Center, 590 Forest Lawn Drive in Marion. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Tuesday February 9, 2016 at St Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion Ohio with Fr. Thomas Buffer officiating; Burial will be in St Mary Cemetery.
If so desired, donations may be made to the St. Mary Catholic School or the Ohio Health Hospice.
The Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to be serving Helen’s family and condolences may be expressed to the family at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com