Helen Zabetakis DiLeonardi, age 92, returned home to the Lord on June 15, 2015.
Helen was born in Slovan, Pa. on May 28, 1923, to the late parents of John and Julia( Popeck) Zabetakis.
In 1942, Helen moved to Baltimore to find work in order to send money home to her parents in Pennsylvania. This was a very trying time for her as she was alone in a strange, big city. While there, she met and married her love, the late Albert Anthony DiLeonardi, on Nov. 1, 1944. Albert passed onto the Lord on Jan. 25, 1999. After marrying, she became very active in the Harmonettes Club and local church activities.
In July of 1955, Helen and Albert moved to Riviera Beach, Md. to raise their children. Helen is survived by her children, Vincent Albert DiLeonardi, Katherine Ann Panco, Julia Ann Liller, Jane Adanitsch, Joan Goudounis and Nancy Tobesman and grandchildren, Michael John Panco III., Krystina Helen Goudounis Petropoulos, John Andrew Goudounis, Shoshanna Tobesman and Josef Tobesman, and Tiamo and Bocce. Helen is also survived by her brother, Steve Zabetakis.
Helen’s passions were belly dancing for her family, baking, gardening, interior decorating, catering and caring for her family. She loved watching sports and Ravens football, and playing basketball.
Helen worked at Glenn L. Martin, riveting airplanes for the war effort, thus acquiring her the name of “Rosie the Riveter.” She also was a sales representative for Stanley Home Products, and for many years was a substitute teacher at Northeast High School in Pasadena, Md.
Many honors were bestowed to Helen. Three of them include: Being honored at the Rosie the Riveter conference in 2005; Receiving a proclamation from the town of Ocean City, Md. proclaiming Helen DiLeonardi Day on Friday, May 28, 2010; and Was honored at the Republican Women of Worcester County’s Patriot Day Fashion Show for dedication and volunteer work to the community on Sept. 10, 2010.
Helen was a great role model to her family, was loved by all, and will be missed by all. She has now joined her beloved husband. May her memory be eternal.
Friends and family had the opportunity to pay their respects at Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis, Md. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Funeral services were held at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Annapolis on Thursday, June 18, 2015.
Internment took place immediately following the service at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Baltimore.
Arrangements made by the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Annapolis.
Online condolences may be made to www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.