She was born in Hudson, the daughter of the late Albert and Monica (Milasauskas) Yuryan, and lived in Marlborough for 68 years.
Helen was a graduate of St. Michael’s Academy, class of 1939, and attended Fay Secretarial School in Boston. She worked for Thomas Taylor and Sons in Hudson before leaving to raise her family. After her children were grown, she worked for Ideal Roller and Graphics and the Law Office of Joseph DiTommaso and the Boston University department of internal audit. She retired in 1993.
Helen was a member of the former Saint Ann’s Church, where she was a member and past president of the Ladies Sodality. She was a longtime member and past president of many civic organizations, including the Hudson Catholic Alumni Association, the former Marlborough Kiwanis Club, and the Bandiera Concordia Lodge of the Sons of Italy in Marlborough. She was a co-founder of the Marlborough Historical Society, where she was instrumental in the acquisition of the Peter Rice Homestead, and was the founder and served as a producer for the Oktoberfest Theatre in Marlborough.
She was a lover of old books, particularly those about the Civil and Revolutionary wars. She was a collector of antiques and enjoyed oil painting, cooking, and crocheting. Her greatest joy, though, was spending time with her family.
She is survived by seven children, Karen Belauskas and her husband Steven of Berlin, Peter DiTommaso and his wife Linda of Marlborough, Laura Brissette and her husband Richard of Hudson, Linda Hook of Marlborough, David DiTommaso and his wife Nancy of Lancaster, Joseph DiTommaso and his wife Michelle of Marlborough, and Paul DiTommaso and his wife Doreen of Windham, N.H.; one brother, Joseph Yuryan of Simsbury, Conn.; two sisters, Katherine Whitfield and Mary Mckinnon, both of Redlands, Calif.; five grandchildren, Jennifer Tockman, Lisa Milner, Geoffrey and David Hook, and Jason DiTommaso; three great-grandchildren, Hannah and Alexander Tockman and Victoria Milner; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, James DiTommaso, who died in 1958.
Her funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m., in the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St., Marlborough. Burial will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Marlborough. Visiting hours will be held Friday, from 4-8 p.m., at the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home (www.shortfuneral.com), 95 West Main St., Marlborough.