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Helen Jean Medakovich Sarchielli(1939-2000)

Helen Medakovich Sarchielli and Pat McNees (during her permed years) in Loro Ciuffenna, Italy, 1999. Also there, Martha Masinton and Jean Eggenschwiler. Not so very long after this, Helen died. I am told Graziano died in February 2021.

Some deaths come too soon and Helen Jean Medakovich’s was one of them. When she succumbed to lung cancer on October 11, 2000, she was not yet 61—and she was a young 60. It was not only that she was too young to die—it was that she was so unlikely a person to stop being alive. Being alive was what Helen Jean did best.

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