Helen Shumaker

Helen Shumaker

1943 - 2017

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 Shumaker, Helen Francis


Helen Francis Shumaker, 74, of Buffalo NY, died October 17th 2017. Helen, daughter of the late Emmett and Helen (nee Wharam) Harrington, passed away on October 17th under the compassionate care of the wonderful professionals at the Hospice Buffalo Care Facility in Cheektowaga NY, after a long and courageous struggle with lung cancer. Her Husband Robert and Daughter Lynn were by her side, they were soon joined by all her immediate family. There was a Prayer of Blessing and Release provided by the Hospice Pastor, attended by family and the hospice staff. Helen was then transported for direct cremation by the kind people at the, John Roberts Funeral Home.

Helen is survived by her husband of 33 years and best friend Robert Shumaker, her children from a previous marriage to, Richard Chiari, who are her pride and joy, Rick Chiari, Lynn Ducoli, her husband Frank, and Scott Chiari. She cherished and mightily loved her grandchildren, Scotty, son of Scott, Alex and Jake, sons of Lynn and Frank and, Max and Paolo, sons of Rick. She is also survived by her loving sisters, Elinore Oddo, Barbara (Dick) Peterson, Sharrie (Bruce) Fischer, Kathleen (Kevin) Knopeck, and many adored nieces, nephews and cousins.

Helen attended Kensington High School and obtained a GED at a later date. After dedicating herself to raising her children she reentered the work force full time. She was a valued member of the banking staff at the Federal Reserve Bank in Buffalo NY. Helen then went on to become the lead Banking Coordinator with ADP Great Lakes Division, the largest payroll outsourcing company in the world. She worked at ADP until her struggle with cancer forced her to retire. Helen was an avid reader and loved a good mystery novel. She loved her favorite soap operas and following the latest Hollywood gossip. She was not often opinionated but when she was if you challenged her you had better be ready for a fight. Helen was exceptionally proud of her Irish heritage and celebrated it with joy whenever the occasion arose. Often times obituaries end with three words that sum up a person’s life that seems a difficult thing to do but for Helen it is extremely easy, those words are, Family was everything. She will be severely missed by all who knew her.

Because of the compassion they show and care they provide to those under the most difficult of conditions, our family suggests memorial contributions be sent to, The Hospice Foundation of WNY. Donations can be made at their web site, https://www.hospicebuffalo.com/giving/give-hospice/ or by a check payable to, The Hospice Foundation of WNY, P.O. Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240-0590