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Helen Leketa

Helen M. Leketa (Ruksnaitis)

Sunday, December 2nd, 1923 - Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
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Helen M. (Ruksnaitis) Leketa, 97, longtime Auburn resident, passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester.

Born in Worcester and raised in Auburn, Helen was one of four children born to the late Frank and Anna (Jancauskas) Ruksnaitis. Upon graduating from Auburn High School in 1942, she met the love of her life, the late Anthony P. “Tony” Leketa, with whom she would share 73 years of marriage. When Tony returned home from his honorable service in World War II, the pair settled in Worcester to raise their family. In 1980, they moved to Auburn and became faithful communicants of St. Joseph’s Parish, where they remained active members. Prior to, they were members of St. Casimir’s Church in Worcester, and she was a member of the Mother’s Guild. Helen was also a former member of the Women’s Auxiliary Lithuanian War Veterans Organization – where she was active in the Drum and Bugle Corps. When her children were young, she was a Den Mother for Cub Scout Pack #76.

Helen worked in medical records at St. Vincent Hospital for over twenty years, before retiring. In her free time, she enjoyed crocheting. Above all else, family meant the world to Helen and, in turn, her family cherished their matriarch. Mom/Grandma loved a good time and always made sure there was plenty of great food for the family gathering. Whether cooking out in the back yard, making Sunday dinner at the kitchen table, or celebrating a holiday, plenty of Lithuanian delights were on the menu.

She was predeceased by her beloved Tony, her parents, Frank and Anna, her son, Robert J. Leketa, and her siblings, Anthony J. Ruksnaitis, Ruth Ojerholm, and F. John Ruksnaitis.

Helen is survived by her children, Anthony F. Leketa and his fiancée Victoria Lehr, of Gambrills, MD, and Cynthia A. Leketa, of Auburn; a daughter-in-law, Melanie J. Leketa, of Virginia Beach, VA; her grandchildren, Stacy Mongeau, Shane Leketa, Sherry Leketa, Sonya Crane, Stephanie Cleek, Sara Leketa, and Anthony F. Leketa, Jr.; along with eleven great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Church, 191 Oxford Street N, Auburn, MA 01501, or to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839 (www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/).

Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing hour, between 10 and 11 AM on Monday, March 15, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford Street N, Auburn, MA, followed by her funeral Mass at 11. Social distancing and masks will be required. Burial will be with her husband in Hillside Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 15th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, March 15th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saint Joseph's Church of Auburn
    189 Oxford Street North
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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  • Service

    Monday, March 15th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Monday, March 15th, 2021 11:00am
    Saint Joseph's Church of Auburn
    189 Oxford Street North
    AUBURN, MA 01501
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Masks and social distancing will be required at the church and cemetery.
    Rev. Paul Bomba
  • Interment

    Hillside Cemetery of Auburn
    65 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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Private Condolence

Bob Markunas

Posted at 02:36pm
I am so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. We were good friends for almost 70 years. We brought up our daughters together. My husband, John, Danny Lettic and your dad, Tony were very active in the Lithuanian War Veterans Organization. Helen and the rest of the wives spent a lot of time working down the Vets. We were so proud of the drum and bugle corps. Cindy you really showed the love you had for your Mom. You left Texas and cared for her these last years. I do hope I get a chance to see you again,

Your Godmother
Christina Markunas

Darlene Haglund

Posted at 11:56am
To Helen’s family,
My sincere condolences to you all.
It was my pleasure working with Helen at SVH. She was a wonderful lady.
May she Rest In Peace. God Bless you all.
Darlene Haglund

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