WOOSTER – Helen Anastasia (nee Carosone) Reischman, whose devotion to her family and her deep and earnest faith in the Lord inspired the lives of others, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was 88.
She was born February 1, 1929, in Wooster. The youngest daughter of Italian immigrants, she grew up in a large family during the Depression-era. Her father, Nicholas M. Carosone, was born and raised in Campobasso, Italy; and her mother, Elizabeth (nee DiLuca) Carosone, emigrated to the United States from Wooster s sister city, Collepietro, Italy.
She was a lifelong member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Wooster, where she attended school through the eighth grade. She graduated from Wooster High School in 1947. After raising her family, she became a Eucharistic minister for the church, never missing a Mass until her health began to fail from Parkinson s disease.
Having a will of iron and a heart of gold, she was a 33-year survivor of cancer who believed in taking care of the sick, the older generations and those with special needs, having brought her mother, mother-in-law and her developmentally disabled sister-in-law into her home to live. And she loved spending every moment with her grandchildren, also believing the younger generations were the hope of tomorrow.
She loved cooking Italian cuisine all year long, but especially during the holidays, where family events always took place at her home. Pizzelles were among her favorites. She was skillful at cross-stitching and loved singing during Mass. She made her home open to anyone who needed a friend.
As a woman of fervent faith, she followed her parents tradition of reciting the Rosary every day. After her children were grown, she told them she would one day read the entire Bible, a promise she had kept.
After falling in love, she married Charles Edward Reischman on October 8, 1955, a devoted and loving wife of 29 years until cancer claimed her husband s life on February 13, 1985.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Kathryn and Gerald Lawrence Scale of Wooster; and her sons, Charles Edward Reischman II of Lexington Park, Md.; Nicholas Mark Reischman of Wooster; Edward Thomas Reischman and daughter-in-law, Diann Elizabeth, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Richard Alan Reischman of Wooster.
She also is survived by her grandchildren, Joseph Charles Scale and his wife, Tiffney Hope; Katherine Elizabeth Scale, Nicole Lynn Reischman, Eric Christopher Reischman, Elizabeth Marie Reischman and Katherine Ann Reischman. She also was the proud great-grandmother of Joseph William Scale and was looking forward to spending time with a second great-grandchild this October.
A loving sister, Florence Carmella Berkey of Wooster, also survives.
In addition to her immediate family, she will be missed by her husband s siblings and spouses; Anna Kathryn and Donald Scheiderer, Esther Juanita and Harold Eschbaugh, Helen Joan and Bryce Hudson, Evelyn Jean and Vern Ihm and Martha Marjorie Thomas.
Her numerous nieces and nephews will never forget the love and hope their aunt gave them throughout their lives.
Along with her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son; sister and brother-in-law, Edith and Sam Tomassetti; sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Harold Heizer; sister, Mary Miner; brother and sister-in-law, Michael John and Clela Carosone; and an infant brother and infant sister; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary Martha (nee Zwick) and Edward Sylvester Reischman; brother-in-law, Glenn Berkey; and sister-in-law, Ruth Marilyn Reischman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11 a.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Wooster, where she received the Rites of Baptism, the Eucharist, Confirmation and Matrimony as a child of God. Father Stephen Moran will officiate.
In following tradition with her strong faith in Jesus Christ, the family will celebrate Helen s earthly life with The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, coinciding with the beginning of her eternal life during Lent and marking the sacrifice of the death of Christ and the miracle of His resurrection.
Her daughter, Sharon Scale, and daughter-in-law, Diann Reischman, will read selected sacred Scripture. Her granddaughters, Katherine Scale and Nicole Reischman, will present their grandmother with the sacred gifts of the Lord.
Friends and family will be received during a solemn visitation vigil at 10 a.m. at the church to keep watch with the family in prayer and commend Helen s eternal life to God. Following the ecclesiastical funeral service, attendants may join the family at the Chapel at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for last prayers and offerings.
A private moment for the immediate family will be shared during the Rite of Committal, where she will lay peacefully in perpetuity next to her husband.
Helen s soul will be walked to the light of Heaven by her sons, Charles, Mark, Thomas and Richard; her grandson, Eric; and her nephew, William Heizer, all serving as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to LifeCare Hospice serving Wayne County.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home in Wooster assisted the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be left on the funeral home s website at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691
Friday, March 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church
Friday, March 10, 2017 from 10-11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster