Helen Grace Alfano
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Helen Grace Alfano
  • January 31, 1929 - December 3, 2017
  • Fresno, California

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Helen Grace Alfano, 88, loving wife and mother, passed away on December 3, 2017.
She was born to Sam and Christina Kovakovich in Fresno, California, on January 31, 1929.
Helen was the youngest of four siblings, Katherine, Hervey and Diana. Helen attended St. Alphonsus' Catholic School and Edison High School. Helen married her beloved husband of 69 years, Morris Alfano, in 1948.
They resided in Fresno and raised two daughters.
She was a member of St. Helen's Church and St. Helen's Alter Society.
Helen worked many years in the medical field. Her positive and genuine caring attitude for people was uplifting for all who came in contact with her.
We would like to thank Crystal, Jeanne, and the staff at St. Agnes Hospice for their loving care for which we will always be grateful.
Helen is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Katherine and her brother Hervey.
Helen will be missed and always loved by those who survive her, her husband Morris; daughters, Beverly Merrick and her husband, Brian; and their children Hillary Reid and her husband Adam, Chris and Nick Merrick; Valarie Kimball and her husband Robert; and their children Joe and Julia Kimball; and her great granddaughter Halle Reid. Helen is also survived by her sister Diana Deis, and her sister in laws Lucie Kovakovich, Celia Calandra, Delores Alfano, Marge Alfano, and her brother in law John Alfano, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns, & Blair Funeral Home on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Helen's Church, 4870 E. Belmont Ave., Fresno, CA on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Remembrances may be made to St. Helen's School, 4888 E. Belmont Ave., Fresno, CA.