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Helen (Yakubchik) Hickman

March 3, 1917 - January 30, 2013
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Helen Hickman Helen Yakubchik Hickman, of Cohasset, Massachusetts, age 95, died on January 30, 2013. She was the daughter of Nadezda and Konstantin Yakubchik, immigrants to Philadelphia in early 1916. Helen's parents immigrated separately joining a growing Russian and Polish community who socialized within their church community where they met and married in June 1916. Helen, her brother Aleksander, and her parents worshiped at St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church in northeast Philadelphia. Helen and her mother were in the church choir and active in the church community. With the financial disaster of 1929, Helen's father Konstantin...
Helen Hickman

Helen Yakubchik Hickman, of Cohasset, Massachusetts, age 95, died on January 30, 2013. She was the daughter of Nadezda and Konstantin Yakubchik, immigrants to Philadelphia in early 1916. Helen's parents immigrated separately joining a growing Russian and Polish community who socialized within their church community where they met and married in June 1916. Helen, her brother Aleksander, and her parents worshiped at St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church in northeast Philadelphia. Helen and her mother were in the church choir and active in the church community. With the financial disaster of 1929, Helen's father Konstantin consolidated their assets to purchase a farm in Medford NJ. Helen's sister Jeanette was born on "Black Tuesday" October 29, 1929. Helen, the city girl was about to become Helen the farm girl.

Helen attended Pemberton NJ high school, graduating in 1935. She was trained in typing and stenography and was able to secure a secretarial position at Ft. Dix Army base a short distance from her family home. Helen loved to dance and with her girlfriends regularly attended the military sponsored dances and socials. At one of these dances, Helen met the love of her life, Harold Hickman, a Bronze Star Medal recipient, who had just returned to Ft. Dix from 1946 serving in the Third Division, European Theatre in World War II. Helen and Harold were married on December 17, 1946 at St. Michael's the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church in northeast Philadelphia. Shortly after the wedding Harold received assignment to Yokohama, Japan, where Helen and Harold lived until returning to Boston in 1951. Their daughter Diane, was born in Boston and the family of three took up residence in Giessen and then Frankfort, Germany for Harold's last overseas assignment. Following Harold's retirement from the military at Ft. Dix, NJ in 1957, Helen and Harold settled in Mt. Holly, NJ a short distance from Helen's parents still living in Medford NJ. After Harold retired from RCA in Cherry Hill NJ, Helen and Harold relocated to Ocala, FL in 1979. They loved the rural landscape of Ocala at the time, where several of Harold's siblings were living and Helen was a short distance from her brother Aleksander of Longwood and sister Jeanette of St. Petersburg and her nieces and nephews. Helen and Harold became parishioners at Living Waters Worship Center in Ocala and were active in the church community. Together they enjoyed travelling by car to visit friends along the East coast and to visit their grandchildren Derek and Adam in Cohasset. After Harold's passing in September 2007, Helen relocated to live with her daughter's family in Cohasset, MA. Helen leaves behind her daughter Diane and son-in-law Robert Benson of Cohasset, Mass., grandsons, Derek and Adam Benson, sister Jeanette and her husband Julius of St. Petersburg FL and many cherished nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Details to follow. All who wish to pay their respects are welcome.

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