Helen Louise (Engley) Quaranta, 74, a lifelong resident of East Wenatchee, WA, passed away Thursday afternoon, January 13, 2011, at Avamere Rehabilitation Care Center in Sequim, WA. She was born in East Wenatchee on March 25, 1936, to Kenneth and Helen Engley. She graduated from Wenatchee High School and attended Central Washington Deaconess School of Nursing, where she received her LPN degree and worked for several years. On November 15, 1958, she was married to Lewis F. Quaranta at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wenatchee. They had four daughters. Helen was a member of Holy Apostles Catholic Church in East Wenatchee, where she taught Catechism classes, helped make banners and was an Eucharistic Minister. She volunteered for the Eastmont Parent Teacher Association. Helen could often be found on the sidelines of a softball field, cheering on one of her girls or husband. She also never missed a school play, a concert choir performance, a volleyball or basketball game, or mother/daughter tea. One of the greatest gifts Helen gave to others was volunteering her time at Highline Nursing Home. She would make weekly visits there, often bringing one of her daughters, to visit with the residents. She also worked at a local preschool. She loved to write and kept many personal journals. In high school, she wrote a poem about her brothers, which was published in The Wenatchee Daily World.
Helen was the third of 13 children. She had six brothers and six sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Virginia and Patricia; brother, Dennis; and one grandchild, Heather. She is survived by her husband, Lewis Quaranta; four daughters and sons-in-law, Steve and Mary Rae of Bothell, Lee and Anita Ruiz of Sequim, Eric and Jeanette McKibben of Walla Walla and Jeremy and Deborah Freestone of Everett; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Rachel, Michael, Jordan, Sarah, Christiana, Logan, Campbell and Colleen; and two great-grandchildren, Kaila and Naomi.
Rosary will be held at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in East Wenatchee at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2011, and Mass will be held Saturday, January 22, 2010, at 11:00 am. at the church. Friends and family who wish, may make donations in her name to the Alzheimer's Association: http://act.alz.org/goto/helenquarant