Helen Giovanna Racosky


Helen G. (Chic), 89, of Lafayette, CO, formerly of Johnstown, PA passed away peacefully on August 11, 2018, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lafayette, CO. Born June 16, 1929 in Hyasota, PA; daughter of Joseph and Albina (Caola) Chicado. Preceded in death by husband Andrew in 2015 and son, Thomas in 2005. Survived by sons Joseph and Richard (Rico) of Boulder, CO; Michael and wife Ginni of Bay St. Louis, MS; daughter Pamela (Brown) Jenkins of Longmont, CO; three grandsons Erin Brown, wife Paige, and great granddaughters Ella Renee and Avery of Columbus, IN; Ian Brown, wife Maggie and great grandson Jonah of Vincennes, IN; and Keegan Brown and fiance Lindsay of Loveland, CO. Survived by brother Fred Chicado, and sisters Donna Jean Grubb and Joyce Mowry.

Graduate of Shade HS, Class of 1947, and Conemaugh Valley School of Nursing, Class of 1950. Worked as RN before starting her family of five children. After raising her family, worked as a nurse for Headstart. Took devoted, loving care of husband Andrew in Niwot, CO through his passing. Volunteered for the Johnstown Folk Fest, YMCA activities, the Johnstown Marathon, St. Vincent DePaul, and was a long time member of CFU Lodge 5. Enjoyed music, cooking, sewing, gardening, ceramics, learning about computers, and playing the penny slots. Loved meeting people and had a quiet flare for adventure. At age 85, went parasailing with her husband Andrew and family in Cabo San Lucas. At ages 87 and 88, although able to walk, ran the classic 10K Bolder Boulder in a wheelchair with the push-support of family. On her recent 89th birthday, she "danced the night away" at a live performance of the legendary WWII era Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Helen loved the Johnstown area, her friends, family, the many ethnic foods, cultural festivals -- and gobs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's name for Masses and/or to the Johnstown YMCA Annual Gift Fund, or St. Vincent DePaul. A Celebration of Life Mass in Johnstown
will be held at a later date. Family can be reached by way of Rico Racosky, P.O. Box 17220, Boulder, CO 80308 or email rrcsky@aol.com.
Published on August 29, 2018
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