Helen Z. Gassmann

Mrs. Helen Z. Gassmann

Matamoras, PA

Mrs. Helen Z. Gassmann of Matamoras, PA, a longtime resident of the Tri-State area, died Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY.  She was 92.

She was born January 11, 1929 in Paterson, NJ the daughter of the late George Zitone and the late Mary Abboud Zitone.

Helen married Richard Vincent Gassmann on October 8, 1960 in St. Joseph’s R.C. Church in Matamoras, PA and they were married for 53 years prior to his passing on March 26, 2014.

After graduating from Port Jervis high school as Salutatorian in 1947, Helen worked as a bookkeeper for Crescent Silverware in Port Jervis. But her life’s work was as the Secretary/Treasurer of the family business, Zitone Construction in Montague, NJ where she worked for over 50 years. 

Helen had a lifelong commitment to her family and to the community she lived in. Realizing that Montague needed its own Zip code, she petitioned the US Postal Service to establish the post office in Montague and was proud to become its first postmaster. She was elected to the Board of Education for the Delaware Valley School District, a position she held for 17 years. She was active in numerous community organizations including the Keystone Community Club, Matamoras Recreation Committee, and Cub Scout Pack 77. Although she remained active for many years in the Pike County and Matamoras Democratic committees, Helen always had a commitment to projects that benefitted her entire community.

Helen was a devoted communicant of St. Joseph’s R.C. Church in Matamoras.

Despite her many community-related endeavors, her greatest source of pride and joy was her family. Helen and Richard reveled in watching their sons and granddaughters grow into adulthood.

Helen is survived by her two sons William Gassmann of Exton, PA and Robert Gassmann & companion Karen Faller of Mohawk, NY; granddaughters Karen Zimmerman and husband Glendon of Downingtown, PA, Sarah Gassmann of New York City, Madeline Gassmann and partner David Aiello of Frankfort, NY and Carly Gassmann of Syracuse, NY; one great-granddaughter, Sophia Izabella Aiello; sisters Evelyn Dalrymple of Newton, Joyce Helms of Canastota, NY; brother Edward Zitone of Montague; her sister-in-law Lois Zitone of Montague; along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Zitone; and her sister Lorraine Bergstrom and her sister-in-law Joyce Zitone.


Visitation will be held at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. 100 East Main Street Port Jervis on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 2:00PM – 4:00PM followed by a Blessing Service at 4:00 PM.


Cremation will be at the MacLennan Hall Crematorium, Milford, PA followed by a cremains burial in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, PA


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the American Cancer Society.


Arrangements by Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 845.856.5191

For additional information, directions, or to send a condolence note to the family visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com