Helen Barresi

Helen Jean Barresi (Henry)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 1930 - Sunday, January 17th, 2021
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Helen Jean Barresi (Henry), October 22, 1930- January 17, 2021.

Helen Jean Barresi (Henry), 90, of Mays Landing, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning after a long and difficult battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was able to spend the last years of her life at home because of the constant 24/7 care from her son, Joseph.

Helen was born in Atlantic City and graduated from Atlantic City High School. She began her career as a cafeteria worker at Shaner School in 1962 and was promoted to Cafeteria Supervisor for Shaner School, Duberson School, Davies School and Hess School until her retirement 37 years later. She never missed a day of work. In those 37 years, everyone ate well even if they couldn’t pay. That was also true at home. If you visited, you didn’t leave without eating. Cookies were her specialty. She was always working with her hands. In addition to cooking, she enjoyed woodworking, painting, ceramics and gardening.

She enjoyed her childhood living on Lake Lenape with her siblings in the family house at Bosic’s Cove, where the Atlantic County Park Boat house is now located. She shared many stories of her time there.

She was predeceased by her parents Norman and Frieda (Bosic) Henry, her husband Joseph Vincent Barresi and her daughter Barbara Mary Barresi. She was the youngest of seven children. She is also predeceased by siblings John Henry, Catherine Merlock (Charles), Norman Henry Jr. (Betty), William Henry (Betty) and Dorothy Steinman.

She is survived by her sons Joseph Vincent Barresi, Jr., Gerald Barresi (Barbara Jean); her grandchildren Barbara Janine Barresi, Anthony Joseph Barresi (Joseph), Matthew Dermond, Shaun Dermond (Barbara Jean); her sister Emma Piacentino, and numerous nephews and nieces.

Services will be private.
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    Union Cemetery of Mays Landing
    5442 Somers Point Road
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
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Joe Rovani

Posted at 05:46pm
Mrs. Barresi is one of the kindest and caring persons I've ever met. She was always so encouraging, and somehow never lost her patience with Gerry as his rowdy friends carried on till all hours of the night playing ping pong and pool in the basement of the house on Bainbridge.
My sincere condolences to the Barresi family and friends. Take heart: her kindness and goodness lives on, in us and through us.
Joe Rovani

John Sacchinelli

Posted at 09:07am
Gerry and Joe, my heart goes out to you and the entire family. Mrs. B will be missed. I have so many fond memories of good times at the Barresi household. Poolside, down stairs or in Gerry's room Mrs. B always asking if we where hungry. I loved her giving me her opinion when I was mayor. A life well lived. God Bless.

Rosemary (Duberson) Lamkin

Posted at 01:41pm
Dear Joey, Gerry and family,
Your Mom was a very special lady, but you already know that. I feel so thankful for the many years I worked with her at school. She was always so supportive of our ideas and activities for the Kindergarteners, lending a generous hand of supplies and encouragement. I'm sorry that I didn't keep in better touch as the years passed but I'm thankful to know that you provided such love and care for her. Now, take care of yourselves....I know how sad you must feel.
Sincerely with deep sympathy,
Rosemary (Duberson) Lamkin

Lawrence Barresi

Posted at 08:11am
Dear Joey, Gerry & families, Helen said husband,Joey was my fathers first cousin. I grew up being very close to the family and they were all very wonderful and generous people. You couldn’t want a nicer more genius & loving people than Helen & Joey and their children. I will always remember Helens peanut butter cookies as they were the best I ever had. We kind of lost touch after they moved from 5th street to the other side of town but we will miss the nevertheless. So sad to see both her & Joey pass away from Parkinson’s which robbed them of their final years with their family. They both deserved much better.
Marge and I offer our prayers and deepest condolences to their survivors. May they both Rest In Peace. ,
Larry & Marge Barresi

Tammi P Smyth

Posted at 11:07pm
My favorite lunch lady "Aunt" Helen. She wasn't my aunt but she was the aunt of 7 of my cousins (her brother Mack's kids). We called her Aunt Helen anyway. I learned to swim in the pool in her back yard with her two nieces, Wendy and Debbie. Happy childhood memories of a wonderful lady. May she rest in peace. My sympathies to her family. Love, Tammi (Senf) Smyth

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