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Obituary for Helen S. Lanz

Helen S. (Spilka) Lanz, 95 , of Ellington, beloved wife of the late Karmen “Eggy” Lanz, passed away, Monday, July 18, 2022. She was born January 3, 1927 in East Hartford to the late Anton and Frances (Fiala) Spilka. In her younger years she was summoned to be a “plane watcher”, which entailed notifying folks when the military planes were arriving back home. Helen graduated from Ellsworth Memorial High School in South Windsor in 1944. During her youth she worked on her parents’ tobacco farm with her three brothers, Joseph, Anthony and Robert and two sisters, Frances and Mary. They are all deceased. Helen worked at United Aircraft prior to her marriage. She met Karmen roller skating at Crystal Lake in 1948 and got married 2/2/52. She then became a home-maker where she raised her 2 boys. Helen enjoyed playing volleyball with the girls, bowling with a league at Rockville, golfing with “Eggy” and also walking around the neighborhood with friends. She had a motorhome for 10 years and traveled a lot going through every state, but not Alaska. Helen enjoyed going to the casino once a month and had some lucky days, but not as many as she'd like. She enjoyed going on cruises where she visited most of the Caribbean countries including going to the Panama Canal. She was a parishioner of St. Lukes Church in Ellington. Besides her husband of 63 years, Karmen, she is survived by her son; Todd D. Lanz, his fiancee' Eydie (Bethany). A daughter-in-law, Linda, the mother of her grandchildren, Peter and Kara. She was predeceased by her son, Scott K. Lanz and his widow wife Roberta Lanz. Relatives and friends may join the family from 10-11 a.m., Thurs., 28, 2022 at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect Street, Rockville. A Funeral Service will follow at the funeral home at 11: 00 a.m. Burial will follow at Ellington Center Cemetery. The family would like to pay special tribute to Christina Morgan for her dedication, love and support given to my mom during this difficult time of transition. She gave the family love and support that was essential to mom's well being. We were blessed to have her as mom's caretaker and part of the family. God bless.