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Helen S. (Stonina) Berestka

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“Amy - So sorry to hear about mom. I will miss her presence on the street and at the senior center.Kathy Laufer ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Kathy Laufer - W. Newton, MA

“Dear Amy, Joe, Abby, and Grace-We are so sad to hear about the passing of Aunt Helen. I have such fond memories of our visits to Newton with her. ...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: David Berestka - Golden, CO

“Dear Amy and Family,I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Helen's passing. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May your happy memories sustain...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Mary Stonina Bernat - Palmer, MA

“Dear Amy and Family: I am very sorry for the passing of your mom. I used to play bingo in Chicopee with your mom and grandmother with my mom and...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Cynthia Starzyk - Chicopee, MA


Helen S. Berestka (Stonina), of West Newton, Ma formerly of Chicopee, MA passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 21. She was 93 years old.
Formerly from Chicopee, Ma she lived in West Newton for the last 48 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward S. Berestka, retired Lt. Col. in the Air Force and former professor. Daughter of the late Anthony J. and Mary Stonina. Sister of the late, Alfreda Stonina Mathis, Anthony J Stonina, Jr, and Robert Stonina. She leaves behind her beloved daughter and son-in-law Amy and Joe Versaggi and cherished granddaughters Abby and Grace Versaggi, all of Carlisle, MA. Helen was a graduate of Chicopee High and Michigan State University class of 1946 where she was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. Helen was a former elementary school teacher at Westover Air Force Base and taught overseas in Germany. During that time she travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East. Her love of travel continued throughout her life and she was always interested in seeing new places. She remained active at the Newton Community Center taking her weekly yoga class up until this past year. Exercise and being active were so important to her and she enjoyed her daily walks in her neighborhood when weather permitted. A Funeral Service will be held at the Newton Cemetery Chapel, 791 Walnut St, Newton on Saturday, December 23rd at 11AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visitation will be held in the chapel on Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11am. If desired, donations can be made in Helen's name to Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library, 175 North Beacon St, Watertown, MA. For obit, directions or to share a memory of Helen, please visit www.eatonandmackay.com