Nyack, NY – Beloved mother, daughter, sister, teacher, and friend, passed away peacefully at Memorial Sloane Kettering hospital on Wednesday evening, surrounded by her devoted family.
Helene was born, the second of four children, to Margaret (Dolly) and Patrick (PJ) O’Reilly. She attended primary and secondary schools in the Bronx and graduated from Manhattan College with her teaching degree in 1978. She earned her Master in Education from the College of New Rochelle while teaching full time at Aquinas HS in the Bronx. As she raised her children, she lived in Yonkers, NY, and Harrington Park, NJ. In recent years, she moved to the charming village of Nyack, NY, and from her porch enjoyed watching the sun rise above the river as the tugboats headed off to work each day.
Helene was especially noted for being a great teacher, cherished by her students and colleagues. The capstone of her teaching career was attained as a Professor of English at Monroe College in the Bronx, where she taught until shortly before her death. She was especially dedicated to her students, and always spoke with the utmost of affection for her extended Monroe family.
Helene was predeceased by her mother and her cherished sister, Suzann Warden. She is survived by her sons, Thomas and Michael Burzi, whom she utterly adored, and who, in turn, provided gentle and loving care as she faced her final battle with cancer. She is also survived by her good friend and former spouse Steve Burzi, her father PJ, her brother Patrick & spouse Karen O’Reilly, her sister Bernadette O’Reilly & spouse John Powers, her brother in law Steve Warden, and ten nieces and nephews who filled her heart with joy. All who knew her were touched by her generosity and compassion. Those who knew her best were aware of her just soul, full of the wisdom to make peace, and the ferocity to keep it. She will be forever in our hearts.
A wake will be held on Thursday, September 27, from 3 – 5 and 7 – 9 PM at the Moritz Funeral Home, 348 Closter Dock Road, Closter, NJ 07624. A funeral mass will be held at 10 AM, Friday, September 28, at Our Lady of Victories RC Church, 150 Harriot Ave, Harrington Park, NJ 07640.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering, whose staff earned a special debt of gratitude from the family for their extraordinarily compassionate care.
Burzi, Helene [MC1978 RIP]
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