WOONSOCKET- Helena "Bobchi" (Lepecha) Bilyj, passed away peacefully on Friday at the Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Ctr. in Woonsocket, she was the loving wife of Peter Bilyj.
Born Jan. 7, 1926 in the Ukraine she was the daughter of the late Pantalej & Darka (Bakalo) Lepecha. She and her husband arrived in this country in 1949 settling in Woonsocket. Helena was the proprietor and Hairdresser of the former Helene's Beauty Salon in Woonsocket for many years before retiring. She also was a school lunch aide for the Woonsocket School Dept. She was a communicant, a member of the Ladies Sodality and very active in St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church of Woonsocket. Also she was a well known saleslady for AVON. She returned to the Ukraine many times to visit and help her family.
Besides her husband she leaves 2 sons: Jaroslaw "Jerry" Bilyj of No. Providence, Roman Bilyj of Woonsocket, a daughter: Helen Bradshaw of Warwick, she was the loving "Bobchi" to: 5 Grandchildren Pasha DeFreitas & her husband Michael, Justin Bilyj & his fiance Nicole, Tarra Bilyj, Carlton & Laura Bradshaw also 3 Great Grandchildren Michael, Madison & Jayden.
Her funeral will be Monday at 9:30 A.M. from the Kubaska Funeral Home, 35 Harris Ave. with a Mass of Devine Liturgy at 10:30 A.M. in St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Blackstone St., Woonsocket. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery, Blackstone, MA. Relatives & friends are invited. Visitation hours are Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to: The Odyssey Health Care, 2374 Post Rd., Warwick, RI 02886 or The Alzheimers Association, 245 Waterman St., Providence, RI 02906