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Died: Mon., Dec. 7, 2015


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 13, 2015
Location: Celentano Funeral Home

Funeral Service

9:30 AM Mon., Dec. 14, 2015
Location: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

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Helen Basel Faraclas, 89, of Branford, passed away peacefully at Yale-New Haven Hospital on December 7, surrounded by her family.  She was born in New Haven on June 10, 1926, to the late William and Antiope Basel.  She married her one and only sweetheart, George Nicholas Faraclas, with whom she spent 65 loving years of marriage, characterized by faith, family, charity, and laughter.  She will be remembered for energy and kindness that were boundless and for her warm, perpetual smile.A devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Helen’s greatest joy was spending time with family.  A proud communicant of, and tirelessly active volunteer at, Saint Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church in Orange, she spent over 50 years as a dedicated member of the church choir and Philoptochos Society.  For 35 years she played a prominent role in the church’s annual Odyssey Festival as chairperson of “Treasures ‘n Junque,” a labor of love, collecting and selling tens of thousands of items to benefit the church. For 30 years, Helen loved working alongside her siblings and their spouses at Basel’s Restaurant in New Haven where she served the area’s best Greek food and taught Greek dancing.  When not working, she enjoyed playing cards and was a diehard Red Sox fan.

Helen leaves her daughter, Anne, of Branford, son William (Kara), of Southbury, and son Paul (Jacqueline), of North Branford; six grandchildren, Elias (Erin), Christian (Christine), Farah, Azer, Allison and Kristen; great-grandsons, Tristan and Devin; siblings Louis Basel of Derby, Florence Barakis of Branford and Edward (Lillian) Basel of East Haven; and in-laws Helen and John Karanzias, Marion and Fred Scimone and Pearl Faraclas.  She was predeceased by husband George, in-laws Marie Basel and Stanley Barakis.Friends may call at The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. (cor. Dwight) New Haven Sunday from 4 to 8 PM, and are invited to attend funeral services at Saint Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, Monday, December 14, at 9:30 AM, with interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Barbara Building Fund in Orange, CT.

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mercy scafariello
   Posted Fri December 11, 2015
always loved being in her presence may she rest in peace and
her memory be eternal always

Lisa Seely
   Posted Fri December 11, 2015
Dr. Faraclas,

I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time.

Betty Jung
   Posted Sun December 13, 2015
Bill & Family,
Please accept our sympathies. So sorry to hear about your mother's passing. She sounds like a very special woman!

Betty & Lee Jung

Joan Scarveles
   Posted Sun December 13, 2015
Anne, Bill and Paul,
Please accept my sympathy on your Mom's passing. Helen was truly a unique woman and always so willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed or wanted her help and support. She was always there for me and for many others and will be sorely missed. She will truly be missed.

Joan Scarveles

Fran Lettiero
   Posted Mon December 14, 2015
What a wonderful, warm and beautiful woman!!She will be missed by all.
I enjoyed working with her and buying raffle tickets every year!!!
Fran Lettiero
Advance Paper Co.

Marian Evans
   Posted Mon December 14, 2015
Dear Dr. Faraclas,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this bittersweet time. Please know she has joined her beloved above.

Suzanne Blancaflor
   Posted Sun December 20, 2015
Bill- I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. It is so difficult when the parents who brought you into the world have left the world. My thoughts and prayers are with you.- Suzanne

Shirley Farm
   Posted Tue January 19, 2016
Dear Bill and Ann,May beautiful memories sustain you during this time of sorrow. My prayer go out to you and your family on the lose of your mom. Shirley

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