CARROCCI, Helen M., 77, of Wintersville, Ohio, died Tuesday, February 24, 2009.
Helen was born March 1, 1931, in Steubenville, the daughter of the late Frank and Lily Gualtiere Mininni.
Helen was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish where she volunteered in numerous capacities such as organizing lectors, baking and cooking for fundraisers and facilitating "Why Catholic" groups.
In earlier years she was a member of St. Anthony's Parish where she served as Girl Scout Troop leader for many years and in other volunteer capacities.
Helen was very active in the Jefferson County Democratic Party Committee for more than 40 years, helping many candidates to win their positions and working to convince voters of causes she supported.
She was a retired sergeant of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, having served as a detective in the juvenile division.
Helen was the first recipient of the "Officer of the Year" in 1995 for her tireless and successful efforts at pursuing adults who had abused children.
One hundred percent of such persons she arrested were convicted during her ten years of service.
Once retired, Helen served as president of the Jefferson County Children Services Board. Helen helped form and chaired Jefferson County's first multidisciplinary team.
In 2002, she was a key leader in establishing the first child advocacy center in the area, and served as the first president of "A Caring Place" Advisory Board as it became a nonprofit entity.
For her unflagging and passionate efforts on behalf of children Helen received an Ohio state award in October of 2006 during the annual meeting of the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers in Columbus.
In September of 2008 the Steubenville Salvation Army honored Helen's efforts on behalf of children with the "Others" Award, given each year to recognize service to others in the community.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dominic.
Helen is survived by daughters, Linda Blackburn of Wintersville and Dr. Noreen Carrocci (Robert Benson) of Wichita Kansas, granddaughter, Teresa Blackburn of Pittsburgh; sisters, Pauline (Ed) Katzfey of Springfield, Mo., and Lillian (George) Totin of Colorado Springs, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Calling hours are Thursday 6-8 p.m. and Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville.
A Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
Entombment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. There will be a vigil service Friday at 2 p.m.
The family wishes to express appreciation to all of the Charity Hospice and Country Club Manor staffs who provided excellent and loving care for Helen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the child advocacy center "A Caring Place," 705 Canton Rd., P.O. Box 2335, Wintersville, OH 43953, or to Charity Hospice, 500 Luray Dr., P.O. Box 2483, Wintersville, OH., 43953.
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