Helen M. Staskus

Helen M. Staskus

HERKIMER – Mrs. Helen M. Staskus, age 84, of Steuben Street, passed away peacefully, into the loving arms of her Lord, on April 16, 2024, in Herkimer, New York.

Helen was born in Lwow, Poland, Europe, on September 20, 1939, the daughter of the late Jan and Katarzyna (Grzasko) Rodzinka. As a young girl, during the war, Helen and her family were deported to a labor camp in Siberia, Russia. After their release from the labor camp, the family traveled through Russia Proper and entered Russias annexed countries of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and then to Iran and finally to Africa, to a Refugee camp in Tangeru, Tanganyika. After the war, Helen and her family were relocated to England and from there came to the United States, settling and attending school in New York Mills. She was united in marriage to Carl P. Staskus, in October 1974. They shared a loving union until his passing, March 3, 1994.

Helen was an author and she wrote a book about what it was really like growing up in exile. From four continents to ten countries, she shared the truth that is difficult to find in history books. It documents of what befell 1 ½ to 2 million Polish people (including some Jews, Ukrainians, Belorussians and others), during World War II. This is a story of Exile to the Soviet Union on the orders of Josef Stalin and in due time, disbursement of the “remnant of survivors” to many countries throughout the world. Helen’s family history is documented in the book “From Exile to Freedom.”

Helen is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Ryan Perkins; her grandchildren, Julia and Joseph Perkins; her future grand-daughter in-law, Jasmine Eissler; Her brother and sister-in-law, Jess and wife, Marcella, of California and their son Rick; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Rodzinka, of Yorkville and her sons, Michael and Mark and their families; her nephew, Richard Englert and family, of Yorkville, NY; her nieces, Christine and Denise and her nephew, Richard, of Michigan. She also leaves her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Albert and Carol Staskus, of Texas.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Carl; her brothers, Stanislaw and Anthony Rodzinka; her sisters, Jane Dolega and Sophie Englert; and her niece and nephew.

The family extends their sincerest gratitude to the staff of Foltsbrook, of Herkimer, with special mention to the Rehab Units of floors 1 and 4.

Funeral Services consist of calling hours at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, in Herkimer, NY, on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a Prayer Service at the funeral home. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the calling hours and Funeral Service to follow.

Those wishing may join the family at P.K.’s Pub, in Herkimer, for a Celebration of Life meal, on Saturday afternoon and may join there any time after 1:00 p.m. and the family will arrive soon thereafter. A private family Burial Service will be held during the week at Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, New York.

Memorial contributions in honor of Helen may be considered to the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Rte 5S, Mohawk, NY 13407

Helen’s funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer, NY, Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors (315-866-1011).