We Remember Those We Have Lost

Helen Zabetakis DiLeonardi

OCEAN CITY — Helen Zabetakis DiLeonardi, age 92, returned home to the Lord on June 15, 2015.

Helen Z. DiLeonardi

Helen Z. DiLeonardi

Helen was born in Slovan, Pennsylvania on May 28, 1923, to the late parents of John and Julia (Popeck) Zabetakis. In 1942, Helen moved to Baltimore to find work in order to send money home to her parents in Pennsylvania. This was a very trying time for her as she was alone in a strange big city. While there, she met and married her love, the late Albert Anthony DiLeonardi, on Nov. 1, 1944. Albert passed onto the Lord on Jan. 25, 1999. After marrying, she became very active in the Harmonettes Club and local church activities.

In July of 1955, Helen and Albert moved to Riviera Beach, Md. to raise their children. Helen is survived by her children, Vincent Albert DiLeonardi, Katherine Ann Panco, Julia Ann Liller, Jane Adanitsch, Joan Goudounis, and Nancy Tobesman; grandchildren, Michael John Panco III., Krystina Helen Goudounis Petropoulos, John Andrew Goudounis, Shoshanna Tobesman, and Josef Tobesman; and Tiamo and Bocce. Helen is also survived by her brother, Steve Zabetakis.

Helen’s passions were belly dancing for her family, baking, gardening, interior decorating, catering and caring for her family. She loved watching sports and Ravens football and playing basketball.

Helen worked at Glenn L Martin, riveting airplanes for the war effort, thus acquiring her the name of Rosie the Riveter. She also was a sales representative for Stanley Home Products and for many years was a substitute teacher at Northeast High School in Pasadena, Md.

Many honors were bestowed to Helen. Three of them include being honored at the Rosie the Riveter conference in 2005; receiving a proclamation from the Town of Ocean City proclaiming Helen DiLeonardi Day on Friday, May 28, 2010; and was honored at the Republican Women of Worchester County’s Patriot Day Fashion Show for dedication and volunteer work to the community on Sept. 10, 2010.

Helen was a great role model to her family, was loved by all and will be missed by all. She has now joined her beloved husband. May her memory be eternal.

Funeral services were held at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church on June 18, 2015.

Arrangements were made by the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Annapolis.

Reba Ann Felty

OCEAN CITY — Reba Ann Felty got her angel wings on June 12, 2015.

Born November 22, 1962, the oldest of three children, she leaves behind her sister, Kim Fillinger and brother in-law Lewis; brother, Evan Felty and sister in-law, Crystal; nephew, Owen Fillinger; niece, Shelby Fillinger; Paige and Piper Felty; godson, Cameron DiPerna; and several extended family members and close friends.

Reba donated many hours of her time to non-profit organizations. She was one of the original Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, a Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce president, GBC founder and president, OC Boosters president and recipient of the Boosters Volunteer of the Year award.  Reba was a member of the OC Parrot head Club, Worcester County Humane Society, Optimist Club, OC Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association to name a few.

A huge void has been created in her passing. She was loved by all and always lit up a room with her smile. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Cancer Society Relay for Life or Worcester County Humane Society by sending to PIL, 503 Harbour Dr, Ocean City, Md. 21842. A memorial to celebrate Reba’s life will be held on June 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Blue Ox on 127th Street. For memorial food donations or questions, contact Patricia at 443-497-1123, [email protected] or Dawn at 410-723-2120 or [email protected].