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Helen Marie Castry, 88, of Tampa, died at 5:45 AM Saturday, April 4th 2020 at Grace House of Tampa.  She was born July 19th, 1931 in Yonkers, New York to Harold and Philomena Searles.  She married Raymond Castry on March 31st, 1951, who preceded her in death.

Helen is survived by her daughter Virginia Castry of Brandon, Florida, son Raymond Castry Jr. of Garner, North Carolina and son Steven Castry of Tampa, Florida.  Also surviving are her granddaughters Jessica Ravetto and Andrea Veasey, and grandsons Christopher Castry and Joseph Cosmides.  She is also survived by 13 great grandchildren.

Helen was a longtime resident of Tampa having moved there from New York in 1984.  She had various careers over her lifetime including medical assistant and most recently as office manager at the University of South Florida in Tampa from which she retired.

Helen had many things she loved to do.  She loved cooking, baking, arts and crafts, crocheting, and knitting.  She loved animals and had many pets in her lifetime.  She is preceded in death by her favorite German shepherd Nora, and survived by her beloved cat Sweetie Pie.  Helen collected rocks and fossils, loved traveling, science fiction, music, plays, opera and surfing the internet.  Family and traditions were very important to her.

Helen was Catholic and once taught Sunday school classes.  She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

There will be no visitations.  Burial will be at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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