Helen Farraye Obituary

Helen  Farraye
Helen Farraye

June 8, 1925 - January 26, 2020
Born in Brooklyn, New York
Resided in Lakewood, New Jersey


Mrs. Helen Eastily Farraye was born in Brooklyn on June 8, 1925 and passed away peacefully on January 26, 2020 at Meridian Ocean Hospital in Brick, N.J. at the age of 94. Her daughters Susan and Marilyn were by her bedside.

She was the daughter of Elias and Adla Eastily and was pre-deceased by her siblings James Eastily and Joan Eastily Karkenny. Her husbands, Michael Farraye and Fred Gorra also pre-deceased her. She resided in Lakewood, NJ for the past 23 years. Her children, Marilyn Gorra Skyba and spouse Emil, Dennis Gorra and spouse Carol and Susan Farraye Basile and spouse Ciro Basile all mourn her passing. Helen has six grandchildren: Elizabeth Gorra, Andrew Gorra, Erik Skyba (with his wife Sarah Nelson), Christopher Skyba, Gregory Basile and Jamie Basile; also two great-grandchildren: Ethan and Matthew.

Helen was employed through her working life in both the retailing industry and garment industry. In her youth she was a member of the Girl Scouts. We recall that she enjoyed cooking and ballroom dancing and going to the beach. Prior to her move in 1997 to New Jersey, she was a resident of Brooklyn, NY and was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. She was a Breast Cancer survivor and more recently struggled with COPD and another cancer diagnosis. In recent years, while homebound she enjoyed watching her favorite shows on TV and an occasional puzzle or Sudoku. She was independent and lived her life the way she saw fit and the lyrics of the song “My Way” come to mind when thinking of her.

Services will be private. Burial will be at St. Mary’s-Stony Hill Cemetery, Watchung, NJ. Arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave, Somerville.To send condolences to the family, visit www.brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com.






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