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Helen L. Macaluso

May 23, 2020

Helen L. MacalusoHelen L. Macaluso, 87, of Chaumont passed away Saturday evening, May 23, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at All Saints Church with Rev. Fr. Pierre Aubin, MSC, a dear friend of hers, presiding. Internment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, town of Watertown.

She was born in Watertown, the daughter of Michael J. and Mary J. (Tauroney) Genga on June 4, 1932. She grew up in Watertown until her family moved to Chaumont in 1986.

She married Atty. Carmen J. Macaluso March 25, 1951 at Holy Family Church, Watertown. Carmen and Helen moved to Brooklyn so he could complete his law degree and returned to Watertown in 1956, where he practiced law for 50 years and raised their six daughters. They were married 59 years until his passing in 2010.

Helen leaves five daughters to mourn her passing until they're together again: Nina Venezia, King of Prussia, PA, Camille Macaluso, Watertown, Teresa Macaluso (Jerry Weinstein), Watertown; Karen (Frank) Mikos, Chaumont, and Sue (William) Lail, Cape Vincent. She is survived by 3 grandchildren that she adored the minute she laid eyes on them: Marsha (Zachary) Siegrist, Glenfield and Joseph Venezia, King of Prussia, PA and Benjamin Mikos, Chaumont. She has 6 great-grandchildren who brought even more joy to her life. She is survived by 2 sisters-in-law: Sally (Macaluso) Fleshman, Clarksville, MD, and Diane (Richard) Genga, Warwick, RI. Helen is also survived by the children and grandchildren of her best friends, the late Mary and Clifford Armstrong, whom we also know she couldn't wait to see. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends. She was predeceased by her husband Carmen, June 6, 2010; her oldest daughter Stephanie Macaluso, July 26, 1998, and her son-in-law Paul G. Venizia, July 22, 2016. Helen was also predeceased by her siblings, Francis Genga, Rosemary Genga, and Richard Genga, her beloved niece Michelle Genga, and a grandson in stillbirth Michael D. Mastascusa.

Helen was a communicant of the Catholic Community of Cape Vincent, Chaumont, and Rosiere and proudly served as Altar Rosary President for 20 years. She instilled her deep faith in her family and showed them and others the true meaning of being a Christian, living by example. Because of COVID restrictions, funeral arrangements are in accordance with those regulations. At a later time, the family would like to have a "Celebration of her Life" when restrictions are lifted to do so.

Contributions may be made to The Catholic Community of Cape Vincent, Chaumont, and Rosiere, 139 Kanady St., Cape Vincent, NY 13618, or the Stephanie M. Macaluso Scholarship Fund at Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown, NY 13601, or the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.

She cried many tears for those who went before her; we cry those tears for her now. She has endured losses greater than she thought her heart could withstand. It was with the Grace of God that she lived her life, and that Grace of God that took her to be with the souls of all she has mourned. Rest easy. Your work is done. You've fought the battle and now have won.


#28 Lynda Jackson 2020-06-23 10:26
Sue, Karen and Ben and to the Macaluso family,
We are so sorry to hear of your Mom and grandma passing, Mrs. Macaluso will be remembered and loved by everyone. Your mom was a beautiful, kind, generous, thoughtful, all around precious soul, she was every kid in the neighborhood's grandma. she loved life, and she showed it. She had everyone's respect. She will be greatly missed by our community. We are sending hugs and love to your whole family.

Karen please let Ben know how sorry we are to hear of his grandmother's passing, I know this has to be hard for him. Ben was there for us when we lost my Mom, it meant a lot to Heather and myself.

Love the Jackson Family
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#27 Tim& Eileen Ramsay 2020-06-07 09:49
So very sorry to hear the news of Mrs. Macaluso. What a beautiful soul. May she Rest In Peace now in the Grace of God.
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#26 Chuck & Karol 2020-05-29 17:49
Very sorry to hear about Helen. Know how much time you gave to assist her last years.
Am sure she and Carm will be together again. We will miss a wonderful neighbor.
Chuck & Karol
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#25 Marilyn Blodgett 2020-05-28 22:58
So sorry to hear about Aunt Helens passing. Was so glad we had gotten together together at the house to see her.
God Bless.
Marilyn and Bill
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#24 Debbie Elliott 2020-05-28 07:33
Teresa, Sue and Family,
Sincere condolences with the loss of your Mom. Hugs and prayers to all. God Bless her and her lovely daughters.
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#23 Emily Queior 2020-05-27 21:39
My thoughts and prayers are for you. The beauty of the way she lived her life, is seen in each of you..she was truly a "Mother" job well done!
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#22 Sheri Power 2020-05-27 18:58
Dear Sue and family:
I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She always made me feel like part of the family. She will be truly missed.
RIP Helen!
Power family-Sheri, Ed, and Edmond
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#21 Kathy Dawson 2020-05-27 14:50
I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I was hoping to get back to the north country this summer but Covid has stopped that. Just know that I'm thinking of you. Many hugs to you and your sisters.
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#20 Karen Fitzgerald 2020-05-27 09:19
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing and am sorry for how sad you all must be. But I know how happy Helen is now to be with your Dad, Stephanie and God! I will remember Helen as a very kind, devoted and sweet soul who was so very generous to everyone. She loved, loved, loved her family to the fullest!
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#19 Mary Coleman Dugas 2020-05-26 20:18
Dear Macaluso Family,
I'm very sorry for the loss of your mother. I have very fond memories of your mom and of all you wonderful sisters! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
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