June 30, 1935 - June 28, 2021
Long time Bay Area resident and community volunteer, Helen Frances Chartuk, passed away peacefully on Monday, just two days before her 86th birthday. Adored by her family and friends as Fran, she was well known as an original member of the Moriches Bay Historical Society having managed the organization’s thrift shop for more than 25 years raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate the Havens Homestead and museum. “Fran was always busy in the community and taking care of many friends and neighbors who needed her help,” said her son, Robert of Center Moriches. “She was very kind and generous with her time.” She dutifully emptied the red Salvation Army donation pots at many local establishments and spent many a cold day ringing the salvation bell during the holiday season. Her efforts earned her recognition for 50 years of service. “For a half century, she helped the homeless, fed the hungry and touched countless lives through her commitment to help others,” said Collette Masom of East Patchogue, a Salvation Army Captain. “She was a kind and generous soul loved by all.” Fran also served with the Friends of the Center Moriches Library and secretary to the Manorville Historical Society. An avid treasure hunter, Fran was an early member of the Long Island Treasure Hunters Club and located many items, including a number of class rings which she researched and returned to their owners. “She was in all the papers for reuniting the owner with a Center Moriches High School ring that had gone missing for almost 50 years,” Robert said. “Another time, a man flew in from California to retrieve a college ring he had lost at Cupsogue beach 40 years earlier. “ She was a collector of antique marbles and had many vintage toys and games. “Fran enjoyed an extensive collection of Phoenix Bird China and a beautiful Roseville pottery,” said her daughter Sydney Chartuk of Claymont, DE. “She was into the fads and had plenty of Pogs, Mutant Ninja Turtles, McDonald’s glasses and whatever ever else was in vogue.” Fran enjoyed playing pinochle in spirited games with her family and in 2012, drew a hand that was calculated at almost 200 million to one. “Pinochle uses a double deck and she was dealt 11 of the 12 diamonds for a double run, plus the Queen for a Pinochle,” explained her son, Michael of Leesburg, Va. “You’d have to play a million lifetimes to get a hand like that.” Fran was an avid traveler later in life having toured many historic sites and attractions with her companion, Robert DeNardo of Shelter Island. In addition to her three children, Sydney, Michael and Robert, Fran is survived by a sister, Phyllis Koelber of Cape Coral, Fl and John Daniels of East Moriches, daughter-in-law Lynnann Chartuk, along with grandchildren Michael, Elizabeth, Lauren, and Sarah. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael A. Chartuk.
Long time Bay Area resident and community volunteer, Helen Frances Chartuk, passed away peacefully on Monday, just two days before her 86th birthday. Adored by her family and friends as Fran, she was well known as an original member of the... View Obituary & Service Information
Obituary & Service
Long time Bay Area resident and community volunteer, Helen Frances...View More
Flowers & Gifts
Send flowers to the Chartuk family.Send Flowers