Helen Johnson

WESTFIELD – Helen Wydra Johnson, 91, (May 5, 1929 – September 6, 2020) passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 6th. She was born and raised in Westfield, daughter of the late Mary (Sczesna) and Zygmunt Wydra. Helen graduated from Westfield High School in 1946, and went on to work for the Bell (AT&T) Phone Company as a telephone operator until her marriage to Harold W. Johnson in 1954. Helen was a very accomplished seamstress, cook and artist, as well as a quiet and modest woman. She loved her animals and plants, especially orchids and butterflies. Most recently, Helen lived at Heritage Woods Assisted Living in Agawam, where she enjoyed reading, bingo, crafts, concerts and word puzzles. She was mother to four children who loved her dearly, and is survived by her three loving daughters, Linda Friedrich, (Kristian), of Westfield, Nancy Emanuel, (Barton), of Manassas, Virginia, and Theresa, “Terry” Goodrich, (David), of Wilbraham. Helen is survived by six grandchildren: Marissa and Thomas Emanuel, Katie and Lauren Johnson, and Sara and Carly Goodrich. She is also survived by her older sister, Leocadia “Lottie” Straughn of Windsor Locks, CT. Her beloved son, Paul, predeceased her in 2002 and her husband, Harold, predeceased her in 2014. Helen’s funeral Mass celebrating her life will take place on Friday, September 11th at 11am at Holy Trinity Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Southampton Rd., Westfield. Donations in Helen’s honor may be directed to the Dakin Humane Society in Springfield.

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