PORTLAND — Helen J. Cody, 83, died peacefully Feb. 5 at her Concord Street home, following several years of declining health.
Cody was born in Portland on May 22, 1931, the daughter of Polish immigrants Karol and Michelina Cikota Dyro. She attended local schools and graduated from Portland High School.
On May 26, 1951, she married Robert O. Cody at St. Louis Catholic Church in Portland. As a busy young mother, she also was employed part-time at Jordan’s Meats, and in addition worked packing sardines, cleaning offices and styling hair. Once her children were older, Helen went to work as a unit helper at Maine Medical Center, a job she held for many years.
In her spare time, Cody loved cooking, baking, canning, and entertaining relatives and friends at holidays and other family events. But her greatest love was simply the time she spent with her family, especially her granddaughter.
She was an active member of St. Louis Church for many years, serving on committees, contributing her talents to bake sales and church suppers, and helping out in any way she could.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the caregivers, including Barbara and Milly, who assisted Cody during her illness.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert; two daughters, Carol Rose and Jean-Marie Cody; a son, Thomas R. Cody; two sisters, Mary Dyro and Pauline Dyro; and a brother, Joseph Dyro.
She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth and husband, Glenn Israel, of Cape Elizabeth; two sons, Robert J. and wife, Sara Anne Cody, of Portland, and David M. Cody, of Portland; a granddaughter, Leah Israel, of Cape Elizabeth; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Visiting hours were scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 4-7 p.m. at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Prayers will be recited at the home at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, followed by a 9 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Louis Catholic Church, 279 Danforth St., Portland. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.