Helen A. Hicks, (nee Kosco), age 95, died on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at her residence, while under the care of New Life Hospice, following a brief battle with cancer.
Helen was born November 3, 1919, to Hungarian immigrants Frank Kosco Sr. and Anna Tokar, and was the youngest of four children.
When her mother died from an infection after being gored by the family bull in January 1921, Helen was adopted into a Multicultural family. Helen dropped out of school after eighth grade to become a governess.
Helen first married Alphons Greulich, and they had three children, Allen, Susan, and Thomas. Helen later married Dean Hicks, and they had two children, Paul and Mark.
Helen went back to school and earned her GED. She worked at The Mascon Toy Company in Lorain, making mechanical banks and toys. After the factory closed, Helen worked as an administrative secretary for the Lorain City Schools.
Helen became the primary caregiver for her daughter Susan after Susan suffered an unfortunate accident and was confined to a wheelchair.
Helen worked for many years as the switchboard operator at Lorain County Community College, and retired in 1990 when the college implemented voice mail.
Helen always loved to travel. Although she traveled all over the US and Canada, her life long dream was to visit Alaska. She first visited Alaska in 1999, and again in 2001. One of her most treasured memories was seeing the Northern Lights.
She is survived by sons, Allen Greulich of Shelbyville, TN, Thomas Greulich of Vermilion, Paul Hicks of Denver, IN, and Mark Hicks of Junction City, KS, six granddaughter, and 2 great granddaughters.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, John, Frank, and Mary Kosco. Her daughter Susan Greulich and grandchildren, Christopher Greulich and Angela Hicks.
The family will receive friends on Monday, June 22, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst. Rev. Chris Robinson, chaplain for New Life Hospice, will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park.