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Helen (Broczkowski) Bergenty, a remarkable woman known for her selflessness and volunteerism, bid farewell to the world on January 29, 2024, at the age of 94. She was the wife of the late William Sisto Bergenty for 68 years, who she now joins in eternal peace.
Born and raised in Plainville, Helen was a proud member of her tight-knit community. She graduated from Plainville High School in 1947 and made her mark on the basketball court as a valuable player for the championship-winning Blue Angels, inducted into the prestigious Plainville Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. Upon graduation, she landed her first job at Allied Control in Plantsville as foot press operator from 1947-1949. Following her passion for real estate, Helen established her own agency, Starline Agency, where she excelled as a Real Estate Broker and Insurance Agent from 1954 to 1974.
A Justice of the Peace for 21 years, Helen's dedication to public service was evident in her lengthy involvement with the Republican Town Committee and her active participation in town and state politics for more than 60 years. She proudly served Plainville for seven terms on the Town Council, working tirelessly to make a positive impact on the lives of her fellow residents, and was the first woman candidate for Office of the High Sheriff of Hartford County in 1990.
A strong-willed and forward-thinking woman, who lived a life dedicated to the betterment of her hometown, she was a member and Past President of the Junior Women’s Club and AARP Chapter 4146 and a member of the Women’s Club of Plainville. Helen was instrumental in the establishment of the Plainville Community Fund, a testament to her commitment to helping others. She was also the driving force behind the revitalization of the local newspaper, Plainville Hometown Connection, where she could often be spotted with a camera around her neck, capturing the essence of her beloved community at countless events. Helen devoted much of her time and energy to Our Lady of Mercy Church, where she was a lifelong member and served as an active volunteer in various capacities.
Known for her infectious energy, her unwavering loyalty, and unmistakable laugh, her passion and enthusiasm were boundless, leaving a lasting impact.
She leaves behind her son, William F. Bergenty, II, and his wife Carla; and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren that brought her endless joy, William C. Bergenty, his wife Kristin and their children, Charles “Zeke” , Reagan and Avery; and Adam R. Bergenty, his wife Courtney and their sons, Sisto “Sonny” and Nico. She also leaves her sister and best friend, Patricia Lostocco; her brother-in-law, John Bergenty and his wife Audrey; her sister-in-law Joyce Hayes; and she was an adored Auntie Helen to many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Brow and her sister, Anne Robideau.
Helen may be remembered with contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.JDRF.org
Family and friends may gather in celebration of Helen’s life on Friday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Plainville Funeral Home, 81 Broad St, Plainville. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. from Plainville Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church. Committal will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Plainville. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.PlainvilleFuneralHome.com