The Journal Register (Medina, NY)


April 1, 2013

Helen H. (Basinait) Mathes


Helen H. (Basinait) Mathes, age 92, died on March 31, 2013 at Lakeside Memorial Hospital. She was born on September 16, 1920 in Albion, a daughter of the late Louis and Hazel (Seivert) Basinait and had lived in this area all of her life.
Helen spent an active and varied life and touched many lives. She was Barre Town Historian for 46 years; a member of Barre Center Presbyterian Church for over 50 years and a founding member of the Cobblestone Society. Helen was active with the Barre Grange, Orleans County 4-H and the Home Bureau. She was a ham radio operator and was involved in numerous other local civil activities over the years; she will be greatly missed.
She was predeceased by her husband, David R. Mathes in 2011; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Dudley Mathes; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Mary Basinait; sister and brother-in-law, Adelaide and Clarence Barnard; sister-in-law, Mary Alice (Maynard) Moore. She is survived by her sons, Todd (Lorraine) Mathes, Benjamin (Karen) Mathes and Kirk (Alice) Mathes; daughters, Patricia (Gordon) Salvitti, Christine (Marshall) Janson, Rebecca (Stephen) Meyer, Priscilla (Edward) Bonsell; foster daughter, Thelma Griesman; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
There are no prior calling hours. Her Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, April 21st at 2:00 PM at the Barre Center Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, 4712 Oak Orchard Rd., Albion, NY 14411; Orleans County 4-H, 12690 Route 31, Albion, NY 14411; Hoag Library, 134 S. Main St., Albion, NY 14411; or the Cobblestone Society, 14393 Ridge Rd., W. Albion, NY 14411. Arrangements were completed by the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Albion.  To share a special memory of Helen, please visit

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