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Helen M. DeVincentis, 100, Longtime Hackensack Resident

Helen M. DeVincentis
Helen M. DeVincentis Photo Credit: Family of Helen M. DeVincentis, via G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Service

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Helen M. DeVincentis, of Hackensack, died on Tuesday, Dec. 20. She was 100.

"She was a remarkable woman who was a natural leader and actively involved in the community throughout her life," information from the funeral home noted. "She was especially interested in education and became the first woman president of the Hackensack Board of Education."

DeVincentis also received the "Man of the Year Award" from the Hackensack Chapter of UNICO, an Italian-American charitable organization. This was the first time the award was presented to a woman.

An active parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, she founded the St. Francis Socialites and organized social events for senior citizens of the parish. "She had boundless energy, a zest for life and a sparkling personality that easily made and kept friendships across generations and for a lifetime," information from the funeral home noted.

DeVincentis is survived by her children, Kathryn Bauer and her late husband Charles, Lynne Collins and her husband Michael, and John DeVincentis Jr. and his husband Dennis Mankin; grandchildren Dennis Sweeney, John Sweeney and his fiancee Melissa Scalari, Amie Lee, and Brian Collins and his wife Evalyn Collins; and great-grandchildren London, Mason, Dylan and Tyler.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, John DeVincentis, and her parents, George and Angelina (Zito) DiNapoli.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, at the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Service, 397 Union St., in Hackensack. The funeral will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Friday from the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. mass at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 50 Lodi St.t, in Hackensack. Entombment will follow, at Hackensack Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the St. Jude Children's Hospital, by clicking here, or to the Kick Leuk Foundation, which fights pediatric leukemia, by clicking here.

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