Helen Brazil, 86, Longtime Hastings Resident

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Helen A. Brazil

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Helen Agnes Brazil, a longtime resident of Hastings-on-Hudson, died Nov. 18 at her home in Peterborough, N.H. She was 86.

Born Jan. 20, 1926, in Bronx, N.Y.,  Brazil graduated from Cathedral High School for Girls in 1944. She worked at the Diocesan Services Corp. as a secretary and married John “Big Jack” Brazil on Jan. 20, 1951, at St. Peter and St. Paul Church in the Bronx. They moved to Hastings-on-Hudson soon after.

Brazil was involved in numerous activities at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, including the Rosary Society and Mothers' Club, and taught religious education. She worked as a secretary for Square D and retired in the 1990s.

She later moved to Newburgh, N.Y., with her son, Michael, and then to New Hampshire to be close to her daughter, Margaret. In Peterborough, she was very involved in activities at her assisted-living residence and her parish.

Brazil is survived by two sons, Michael, of Newburgh, and Timothy, of Oakland, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Ana Brazil of Oakland; her daughter, Margaret Kelly of Peterborough, N.H.; a son-in-law, Tom Kelly; and two granddaughters. She was predeceased by her husband; a son, Jack; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Brazil; and two younger brothers, Carl and Joe Sack.

Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Hastings Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew's Church in Hastings-on-Hudson. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Hastings.

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