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NEW MIDDLETOWN – Helen Vanusek, 96, peacefully passed away Monday evening, Feb. 25, 2013, at Masternick Assisted Living in New Middletown, surrounded by her family. A celebration of her life service will be held Friday, March 1, at 11 a.m. at the Poland Presbyterian Church, where she was a member.

Helen was born July 31, 1916, in Bethlehem, Pa., a daughter of John and Mary Strba Csulik.

Sadly, her father died when Helen was five days old and her mother and Helen moved to Sharon, Pa. Later, she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Nick Nemeth, and lived her young life in Sharon.

Her first husband, Steve Viczay, died in 1951 and her second husband, Andrew Vanusek, passed away in 1988.

Helen lived in Masury for 53 years and worked for the Department of Defense at the Ravenna Arsenal during World War II. Helen was very patriotic and loved her country. Her past husbands were veterans of World War II.

Helen was a fantastic cook and homemaker. Her hobbies were knitting and gardening. She spent many summers with her family and relatives at Pymatuning State Park and she traveled to the western United States, Grand Canyon, Canada and the Bahamas.

She also lived at Whispering Oaks in Hermitage, Pa. and Beeghly Oaks in Boardman. Helen spent her last three years at Masternick Memorial, where she loved to play bingo and listen to music. She knew every employee by name and all that knew Helen loved her.

Preceding Helen in death besides her parents and two husbands, were four sisters, Jane Huddleston, Belle Nemeth, Irene Ando and Margaret Demchak.

Surviving to cherish her memory, are a son, James (Leslie) Viczay of Poland; two daughters, Andrea (Gene) Koshan of Sugar Land, Texas and Susan (Daniel) Fusselman of Poland; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Shawn) Shimko of Warren, Michele (Scott) NeSmith of Brandon, Fla., Chris Koshan of Sugar Land, Andrew (Victoria) Fusselman of Cincinnati and Gregory Fusselman of Cleveland; two great-grandchildren, Korin Shimko and Shane NeSmith; three sisters, Mary Morris of Issaquah, Wash., Violet (John) Thomas of Hermitage and Adele (Carney) Stuhlmann of New Mexico; and a brother-in-law, John Demchak of Virginia.

Interment will be at St. John Orthodox Cemetery in Hermitage.

Helen’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the wonderful care provided by the staff at Masternick Assisted Living.

Contributions may be made to the Poland Presbyterian Church, 2 Poland Manor, Poland, OH 44514.

Guestbook Entries

“You will be deeply missed. I know that you are up in heaven watching over us. I will miss you and always love you Grandma.”

 » Michele NeSmith on February 27, 2013

“Andrea and Family, I am so sorry for you loss”

 » Pat McMillen Marino on February 27, 2013

“Greg and Family- Our deepest sympathies during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”

 » PPD Group 2 Ben Venue Laboratories on February 27, 2013

“Aunt Helen was a wonderful aunt and I loved her dearly. We all miss her and are so sorry for passing. Our loss, heaven's gain.”

 » Beth Wurdeman on February 27, 2013

“I knew Helen from Masternick Memorial. I loved her, she was such a sweet lady. She is missed. ”

 » Unknown on March 18, 2013

“I am so sorry for your loss. Helen was my one of my favorite people when I worked at masternick. She always made a bad day good! I will miss her a lot.”

 » Billie Sweat on March 24, 2013

“I am so sorry for your loss. My mom,Anne was Helen's roommate.She was a wonderful person and made my mom's last days brighter. They are together again.”

 » The Olmi Family on April 18, 2013


“We are so sorry that Helen passed away. We are all family. My grandfather was Lajos Németh and Helens grandfather was Ignácz Németh. Lajos stayed here in Hungary and is buried here in Adorjánháza, as are the parents of Lajos and Ignácz. They are resting in peace. Our love to you all. Katalin Németh (Erdélyi Ernőné and family) ”

 » Katalin Németh on July 29, 2013

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