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“dr coco I am very truly sorry for your loss ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Diane Batterson - worcester, MA

“The Bushell Family sends our love. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories.Jo Marie and Frank ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest sympathy to the Cocozzella family. Helen and I were classmates at St. Mary's high School. Am saddened to learn of her passing. May she...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“our condolences to all the Cocozzella family The Richard Wyatt Family ”
4 of 23 | Posted by: wyatt - holden, MA

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Helen. Helen and I were classmates at St. Mary's and Worcester Junior. ”
5 of 23 | Posted by: Richard Mierzejewski - Paxton, MA

“Dear Barbara and Dr Cocozzella family- My heartfelt sorrow in the loss of your beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Take comfort in...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Halina Brunell Slowik - MA

“My sincere condolences for the loss in your family. ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Shane Konrad - Brooklyn, NY

“My sincerest sympathy to the family. Helen was a joy to talk with and I got to know her so well when she called me and we talked about Joe's student...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Sheila Hokanson - Charlton City, MA

“Deepest sympathy in the passing of Helen. She will be in my thoughts and prayers always. May your fondest memories keep you all strong in the days...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Kathy (Bachant) MacIntyre - MA

“Farewell Helen dearest friend.Our love to Joe, Joey, Mike, Laura and Jack.Irene & Maryellen ”
10 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Our loss is heavens gain; Helen will always occupy a place in my heart that will endure forever. ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: CDR Stanley Zapatka USN (ret) - VA

“Farewell Helen dearest friend. Our love to Joe, Joey, Mike, Laura and Jack. Irene and Maryellen ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Irene Fonseca and Maryellen Grace - MA

“My sincere sympathy to my other family after working and knowing you all for so many years you loses have become mine I dearly love you all and I...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“God bless you ”
14 of 23 | Posted by: Carmen Perez - Worcester, MA


15 of 23 | Posted by: Luz Santiago - Worcester, MA

“Dear Dr cocozzella and family. Our deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved wife. We always think of you and especially at this time we want...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“My most sincere sympathy to Helen's family. I am so lucky to have known Helen as a loving and caring friend. Our coffee breaks at DD were always a...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Kathy (Bachant) MacIntyre - MA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Betsey Harvey - Worcester, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with The whole Family. May she Rest in Peace. ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Tom Poske - Worcester, MA

“Dear Joe, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. My thoughts are with you and your family.Judy Maruca ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: Judy Maruca - Charlton, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: Jim & Norma Cozzolino - Worcester, MA

“our condolences to the cocozzella family. ”
22 of 23 | Posted by: dagmar and richard pinto - MA

“Our deepest sympathies to Joe, Laura and Jack, and Joe Sr. and Mike. Helen was incredibly kindhearted and so giving with her talents. She was a...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Jill O'Donnell


Our beloved Helen Marie (Peter) Cocozzella, 74, of Holden died Thursday November 12, 2015 at UMASS-Memorial Medical Center, Worcester.
She leaves her husband of 43 years, Dr. Joseph B. Cocozzella; two sons, Dr. Joseph M. Cocozzella and his wife Laura, and Michael P. Cocozzella; her grandson, Jack Joseph Cocozzella; three sisters, Elaine C. Peter, Barbara D. Peter-Whiting and Theresa B. Foley. She was predeceased by her daughter, Lisa M. Cocozzella, and by her parents, Simon P. and Helen M. (Bonczyk) Peter. Helen was born and raised in Worcester and graduated from St. Mary's High School. She then pursued laboratory technical training at St. Vincent Hospital and worked in prostaglandin research in St. Louis, the city where she met her husband. Afterwards, she learned office billing techniques to assume the role of managing her husband's medical practice, despite her busy schedule at home with three young children.

Those who knew Helen described her as being a big-hearted, giving person. As a mother, she gave all of her heart to her three children, whether it was organizing family vacations, cooking elaborate holiday meals, or the daily grind of driving the family all around Worcester for various activities. Later she relished her role as a grandmother to Jackie Joe, often saying, "I just love that little boy!" To her friends, she was loyal and giving, particularly of her talent for knitting scarves, sweaters, and blankets. Her family members love hearing, "I remember Helen, she knitted me a scarf." She exemplified living a meaningful life through her connection to people and animals, never hesitating to give of herself to others. Those close to her knew her deep respect for all life. A favorite saying of hers was, "Remember, a life is a life." She bravely handled her final years with dignity and befriended her caregivers with her unwavering sense of humor and respect. Heaven is about to get a lot of scarves...

The funeral will be held on Monday November 16, 2015 from HENRY-DIRSA FUNERAL HOME, 33 Ward Street, Worcester with a Mass at 10:30 A.M. in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 33 Ward Street, Worcester. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester. Calling hours in the funeral home are Sunday November 15, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Worcester Animal Rescue League, 139 Holden St., Worcester, Ma., 01606.