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Helen Pagano, of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 21, 2023. She was 89 years old. Helen is survived by her children, Michael (Sharon) Pagano, Susan (Scott) Putnam, Paul (Jodi) Pagano and Pamela (Radomir) Obradovic, along with 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony, to whom she was married for 58 years.

A true prayer warrior, Helen prayed for her friends and family every morning and night. Helen always had a Bible study she was working on. Her dedication to her husband, family, friends, and most of all God, set an example of faith and love to her children, who carried that faith and love on to their own children.

Helen was a friend to all who met her. In her younger days, she liked to dance the jitter-bug with her husband, take her kids on annual vacations, party with her girlfriends, “The Cats,”  and sing along to Tom Jones tunes.

Her grandchildren remember Helen, or “Maw-Maw,” as a second mother — a steadfast supporter, a constant source of warmth and comfort, a fun ping-pong opponent and the best cook of potato salad.

A viewing for Helen will last from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, at Kutis Funeral Home in Afton. A brief viewing will precede a service at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 30, at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church. Service begins at 9:30 a.m. Helen will be laid to rest with her husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ Memorial Lutheran Church or Macular Degeneration Research.