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Born on February 1, 1932 to Samuel and Claudia LaCroix, Helen spent her younger years growing up in Abitibi, Quebec, Canada with her six siblings of which only her older brother remains, Roland LaCroix of Farmingdale, ME. Her family then moved to Bridgeport, CT where she met and married the love of her life, George J. Gusch, Sr. on February 10, 1948. They lived most of their lives in Bridgeport before building their dream home in Monroe, CT. Once illness struck George they downsized and moved to Stratford then later to Shelton. Their daughter Diane was there as a caretaker to help with her Dad’s care until his passing. After his passing, at only sixty-four, Helen moved a few years later to Stuart, FL coming back to CT often to visit and stay with her daughter Diane. She loved being with both her daughters, her grandsons and especially the great-granddaughters! When in Florida she loved socializing, happy hours, shopping, and visiting the FL sites!
Helen was a past member of the Vista Pines Connecticut Club and The Questers of Stuart, a historical preservation society.
She started to travel often with her daughter Diane on her business trips, both domestically and internationally. Two of her favorite places were Hawaii and Paris. She was always dressed in the latest styles and her makeup and hair were perfect right up to the end! Helen loved to live and lived to love! She always had a smile and a good word for everyone! All her daughter’s girlfriends called her Mama Helen!!
George and Helen had three children, Gail Koether of Ansonia, CT, Diane Gusch of Stuart, FL who she resided, and George J Gusch, Jr., deceased. In addition to her two daughters, she leaves a grandson, Robert D. Koether and his wife Michelle of Seymour, CT and a granddaughter Jessica Gusch of North Haven, CT. She was predeceased by her grandson Jeffery Koether and son-in-law Robert J. Koether, Jr. She leaves four great-grandchildren, Victoria Koether, Charlotte Koether, and Harvey and Norma Jass. In addition, she leaves her most dearest friend of over 50 years, Simone D’Addario of Stuart, FL and many, nieces, nephews, cousins and very good friends.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mark Church, 500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford, CT 06614. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull, CT. Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the William R. McDonald Funeral Home, 2591 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615. Face masks and social distancing will be required.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, Mayes Center, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997 https://www.treasurehealth.org/292/Donate
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2591 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial
500 Wigwam Lane
Stratford, CT 06614
Daniels Farm Rd.
Trumbull, CT 06611
Treasure Coast Hospice
Stuart, FL 34997