Helen L. Wassink, 98, of 777 Bakerink Rd., Clymer, N.Y., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 at her home.
She was born on Sept. 1, 1913 in Clymer, N.Y., the daughter of the late David and Bertha (Borstorff) Bensink.
Helen graduated from Corry High School in 1931, and after working for several years she married her husband Ralph in 1938. She has lived on the family farm for over 74 years until the time of her death. Later in life she worked at Chautauqua Institute, Venture Inn in Corry, Pa., and Peak N' Peek. She was an active member of the Abbe Reformed Church in Clymer and enjoyed activities at the Corry Moose. Ralph and Helen attended the Wattsburg Fair annually and, to our knowledge, she never missed a year through 2011. Helen was known for her pie making abilities. On a historical note, she was born on the day the Clymer Dam flooded. Helen spent considerable time helping her family, especially her brother David and his wife Esther.
Helen L. Wassink
She is survived by two sons, Harold "Hal" (Brenda) Wassink of Knox, Pa., and Randy (Jeanne) Wassink of Clymer, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Derek Wassink, Bret Wassink, Carrie Shampoe, Ryan Wassink and Jennifer Clark; seven great grandchildren; sisters, Bernice Stoddard, Ruth Holthouse and Bertha Gravink; and sister-in-law Marian Bensink.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph J. Wassink, married March 21, 1938 and died Sept. 5, 1978; daughter, Darleen Wassink, Sept. 23, 1945; son Rodger Wassink, June 25, 1956; and brothers Donald, Harold and David Bensink.
The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Monday Aug. 6 at the Spitzer Funeral Home in Clymer, N.Y., with Rev. Roger Westley, officiating. Burial was in Holland Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday, Aug. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Abbe Reformed Church or the Clymer Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 31, Clymer, N.Y. 14724