Helen L. Christner, age 78, of Perry Center passed away peacefully at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw after a short battle with dementia.
She was born in Warsaw, New York on Jan. 12, 1942, a daughter to the late Arthur M. and Edna I. (Abbott) Bailey.
Helen was a graduate of Perry Central School, class of 1959.
She worked for the former Perry Knitting Mill, Champion Products and retired from Mudpies and Milestones Daycare in Warsaw.
Helen was a member of St Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry, where she was active with the Catholic Women of Perry.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother (Pootsie) and friend. Her love for Christ, having fun, cooking, baking, playing a game with family members, quiet times just reading a book or doing word searches, or puzzles, the love of children and joking will be missed by her family and friends. Her spunk, tenacity, and infectious laugh left a lasting mark on anyone blessed with her presence.
She leaves behind the love of her life, Richard J. Christner, whom she married on May 14, 1966; a daughter, Julie (Michael Schlonski) Christner of Perry; granddaughter, Lydia Moens of East Rochester; her puppy Maggie; sister, Joanne (Edwin) Kunkel of Yakima, Wash.; brother, Charles (Brenda) Bailey of Perry Center; along with many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents she is preceded in death by a sister, Marian Bearsley.
Family and friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC in Perry, where services will be held on Monday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m.
Helen will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Perry.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home 167 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530 or to Catholic Charities, 741 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209 .
For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.