Helen Robbins Paratore

August 10, 1922 ‒ February 05, 2016

Marion, Ohio

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

  • Thinking of the entire Robbins family during this difficult time. Helen was a beautiful and strong woman. Her strength and spirit lives on in her exceptional family – each and every one of you. God bless you all! Heaven gained its most beautiful Angel!!!

  • I have fond memories of growing up with Debbie and seeing Helen often during that time in my life. She was such a devoted, caring mother and I know she instilled her many wonderful qualities in her kids. How lucky all of you are to have had her as a mother! Sending prayers and love to the Robbins family. ❤️

  • Helen (always Mrs. Robbins to me) was highly respected by her family and friends as well as her children’s friends. I personally looked up to her as a strong and beautiful lady.
    May the Robbins family find peace and strength from our Lord Jesus.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    Kathy and Larry Laird

  • My most sincere condolences on the passing of Helen Paratore. I have heard so many stories of her strength and love over the years from Deb and I know there are many more. Peace to you all

  • What a wonderful Lady and an honor for me to have met Helen in such a short time living here in Marion. I took flowers to her just a few weeks ago and I will NEVER forget her standing at her front door thanking me and saying, “I hardly know you Gwen, but I know that I love you.” What a great memory for me to always carry with me. Our thoughts are with all of you during this time and I have never witnessed such a loving, devoted family with so much grace.

  • Helen was a dear friend for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all your family. Cherish the memories!

  • What a beautiful blessing as a mother to her children, a role model for other mothers, and a treasure as a friend. Donna, and your entire family I send my deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to your families in your time of sorrow. May our Lord Jesus Christ embrace you all tightly. God bless and peace be with you.

  • Uncle Jim,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will cherish all the memories. The wonderful dinners. visits to you both in Florida & always here at our home & with Jennie.

    We Love you,
    Dick & Shirley

  • It was a privilege to be part of Helen’s team of caregivers. Helen loved her husband, children, and family. Helen loved life and had a beautiful personality.
    She will be missed by so many. I am a better person and caregiver because of her.
    Greg and I will continue to keep all of you in our prayers.

  • Maureen, & family,
    I was so sorry to hear about your mom. Not only do I remember living on Grand Avenue with you, but how nice it was to work with Helen at Marion Federal. We had fun there!!!! What an awesome lady & what an awesome mother. She also was always positive & upbeat. Please accept my deepest sympathy . She often talked about her pride and joy: her children. I know this is a terribly difficult time for all of you, and I will keep all of you in my prayers. I know she will be deeply missed by all of those whose lives she touched. Brenda

  • What a Terrific Woman, Mother, and Friend. Her Legacy truly is in her children and her family. God Bless you all and grant you Peace during this time of loss. She will be with you always ,as close as your own heart beat ♡

  • Maureen, Patti, and family… Your mother was such a wonderful person.
    In this time of sadness, may you see God in the faces of friends and hear him in their voices. May their help, caring and sympathy reflect his love and kindness at this time when you need him most.

  • I have heard so many wonderful stories about Helen over the years from Stan and Debbie and Dave and Donna and enjoyed meeting her at family events. She was a strong and lovely woman. My heart goes out to all of you at this saddest of times. I hope you find comfort in all your precious memories.


  • I know how much Helen meant to Dave. He told stories to me about how she was so close for so long. I send my deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to Dave and Donna, Stan and Debbie and the rest of the family.

    Richard Audi II

  • Deepest sympathy to all the Robbins and Paratore families and extended families in the loss of your loved one. I know she was very special to all of you. May she rest in peace.

  • My heart goes out to Helen’s loved ones, she was surely a gem. She was a quiet pillar of strength who was deeply devoted to her family. May the Lord comfort her family and friends. Rest in peace Helen.