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Helen J. Mastrocola

October 3, 1936 ~ June 15, 2022 (age 85)


Mrs. Helen J. Mastrocola passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in the care of her family and Accent Care Hospice. She was 85 years old.

She was born on October 3, 1936, in Philadelphia, PA to the late James and Ellen Robinson O’Brien. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her 1st husband Robert “Bob” Panzullo in 1978 and 2nd husband Dominick Mastrocola in 2018 as well as two daughters Diana Panzullo and Nell Panzullo.

Helen retired from the banking industry where she worked in the Fraud Control Department. She was a member of Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church.  She enjoyed reading, swimming, going to the beach and watching the ocean.

Everyone who was close to Helen loved her for her kindness, her generosity, humility and her positivity and her sweet and gentle nature. She was almost always smiling and in a very happy mood. She loved to converse and could talk for hours. People were just naturally drawn to her.

She is survived by one son Robert Panzullo (Yolanda) of Collingdale, PA and five stepchildren:  Donna Johnson (Christopher) of Norristown, PA, Rose Couchara (Joseph) of Ocean City, NJ, Dominic Mastrocola (Wayne Smeltzer) of Millsboro, DE, Patricia Lucey (John) of Collegeville, PA, and Joseph Mastrocola (Joanne) of Norristown, PA.  Helen has three brothers surviving, John O’Brien of Maine, Robert O’Brien (Faith) of Donellen, FL and Hugh O’Brien (Corita) of Manassas, VA. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren along with extended family members and friends.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church,30389 Mt. Joy Rd, Millsboro, DE  19966. A visitation will be at 10:30 AM just before the service.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Helen’s dear friend Regina Keen for her wonderful care and kindness as well as the excellent care provided by Accent Care Hospice.


In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Helen’s memory to a charity of your choice.


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July 13, 2022

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
30839 MT. JOY ROAD
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Memorial Mass
July 13, 2022

11:30 AM
30839 MT. JOY ROAD
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