Helena Mendes

Helena Maria Mendes

Friday, December 7th, 1956 - Friday, February 8th, 2019
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Helena M. Mendes, 62, of Glastonbury, departed this life peacefully after a long illness on Friday, February 8, 2019 to join her beloved parents Carlos and Maria Nazare Mendes and cherished godson and nephew Brandon Loura.
Helena was born on December 7, 1956 in Hartford, Connecticut. She attended Hartford schools and worked at M.H. Rhodes of South Windsor for many years as a buyer and inside sales. She had a generous heart and tremendous sense of humor, loved playing practical jokes on her family and friends. In her younger, healthier days, Helena loved dancing, traveling, being the chauffeur to her baby sister Nazare and cousin Christine as they sang all the way down to Old Lyme on a Friday night using the dashboard as a drum set and whatever was hanging on the mirror as a cymbal for a weekend of sun, fun and family time or taking Mom to her daily grocery run or weekend road trips.
Leaving to mourn her loss is her sister Nazare Mendes Loura and life partner Joseph Baddeley of Glastonbury; sister Izabel Galo and Ezequiel of Conroe, Texas; nephew Erik Loura and Ashley Rodrigues of Wallingford; niece Sandra Galo Sanso and Adrian of Mallorca, Spain; nephew Ezequiel Galo and Stacey of Conroe, Texas; loving Godparents Amador and Florinda Reis of Rocky Hill; Aunt Fernanda Joaquim of East Hartford; Aunt Carma Lages and husband Jose of Portugal; a host of many family members and friends, especially long time friends Ann Griskus and Jackie Griffin. Helena was also predeceased by her uncles Joseph Joaquim and Adelino Mendes. The family would like to extend a special thank you to her long time caregivers Roxanne and Migdalia for their help, company and friendship.
Funeral procession will be Thursday, (Feb. 14), 10:30 am from the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 am at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 50 Kane St., Hartford. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Calling hours will be prior to the funeral procession from 9:00 to 10:30 am at the funeral home.
Helena’s memory is forever cherished by her family and friends and those wishing to make memorial contributions may donate to Our Lady of Fatima Church, Fatima Square, 50 Kane Street, Hartford, CT 06106 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, ATTN: Office of Development, 2900 N Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; Online condolences may be made at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
    Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
    1084 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 11:00am
    Our Lady of Fatima
    50 Kane Street
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  • Interment

    Mount St. Benedict
    1 Cottage Grove Road
    BLOOMFIELD, CT 06002
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Ann (aka bleep bleep) and Jackie and Dan Baddeley have sent flowers to the family of Helena Maria Mendes.
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Thomas Knorwalski

Posted at 07:30am
We are so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort, Jehovah, look after you during this most difficult time. In the book of Revelation 21:3,4 there is a beautiful promise he gives where he says that soon will come a time when death, mourning, and tears will be no more. May thoughts and scriptures like this be of comfort to you during this most difficult time.

Ann (aka bleep bleep) and Jackie

Posted at 07:40am
We will miss you our friend!
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Carma lages

Posted at 04:23pm
My Deepest and sincere condolences go out to you Naz and your family. Although I'm far I never forgot you and your sisters. I will remembered Helen for her sense of humor and for the care and concern she had with my parents. My prayers are with you....

Ann Griskus

Posted at 08:50am
Naz & Family
I have such heavy heart in the loss of Helena. She will be missed. But her spirit will live on in our memories.
I take comfort in knowing she has gone home and is with all those who love her.
I will miss my friend very much. I will remember her always as one of the most kind and courageous person I have ever known. I will never forget her.
Here is a work photo from many years ago (I hope it comes thru). We were known as the Three Stooges!
Perhaps our expressions tell it all.
With deepest sympathy
Ann G.

Dan Baddeley

Posted at 07:45am
Thinking of you all in the passing of your sister Helena.

Love, Dan, Lynn, Matt, and Daniel
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