Helen Dailey Kulesza, 59, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Some people only walk on this earth for a short time. Their departure reminds us that there are angels watching over us.

Helen Francis Dailey Kulesza, 59, passed away peacefully at Upstate University Hospital on March 10, surrounded by her family and friends.

The funeral Mass will be said 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020, at St. Anthony’s Church, Arsenal Street, Watertown. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery.

Due to the imposed restrictions regarding the Covid-19 virus, the funeral Mass will be streamed online at the link listed below:


Calling hours are 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home.

Born Sept. 11, 1960, the daughter of Geraldine and Robert Dailey, she grew up on the north side of Watertown. She graduated in 1978 from Watertown High School and attended Jefferson Community College.

She attended Saint Anthony’s Church of Watertown.

Helen was a compassionate spirit whose passion was caring for others, which is a big part of why she chose a career in human resources. She was employed by Stature Electric for 32 years as an human resources manager and most recently employed as the human resources manager for Car Freshener.

She had her PHR certification which demonstrated her mastery of the technical and operational aspects of HR management including U.S. laws and regulations.

She married the love of her life, Gary Kulesza, on Aug. 22, 1987, and they lived together in Watertown for 32 years.

Helen is survived by her daughter Brittany Kulesza-Carteaux (Matt) of Fort Wayne, IN; and her son Gary Kulesza, Jr. and his significant other Rachel Lyons of Watertown. A sister Anne Marie Buckley and her significant other Tom Latham of Carthage. Her sister-in-law Cheryl (Thomas) Trebi of Virginia Beach, Va. and nephews Eric Symonds of Davidson, NC and Daniel Trebi of Virginia Beach.

Helen loved her family first and foremost! She was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend.

Helen had a heart of GOLD always going above and beyond for her family, friends, and coworkers! She was a fabulous hostess and cook. Well known for her cupcakes and brownies.

Helen loved yoga, walking, camping, animals, scrapbooking, and designing on her Cricut.

Mrs. Kulesza was predeceased by her mother Geraldine Dailey, her mother-in-law Ginny Kulesza, her father-in-law, Edward Kulesza, a brother-in-law David Kulesza.

While Helen’s family grieves her loss, they are choosing to remember Helen in a way that honors her giving spirit by donating to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) Foundation, Inc.

https://cjdfoundation.org/ways-give-back  1-800-659-1991

Online condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.