Helen Petrow

Helen Petrow

April 24, 1926 – May 9, 2023

Preceded in death by sister, Bettie Kyros, and brother, Chris Petrow.  Survived by many nieces and nephews.

VISITATION begins on Thursday, May 11th at 5pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by TRISAGION (Prayer Service) at 7pm.  SERVICES: Friday, May 12th at 11am at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 602 Park Avenue.  Interment, Hillcrest. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, or All Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church.

To view live broadcasts of both Services, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

Helen Petrow died peacefully on May 9, 2023, at Hillcrest Grand Lodge in Papillion at 97 years of age. She is reunited with her parents, Nick and Maria (Stratakou) Petrow; brother, Chris; sister, Bettie. She is now at Peace.

Helen was born in Omaha NE and was the oldest daughter of Greek immigrant parents. She was Baptized and Confirmed in the Greek Orthodox Faith. She grew up working alongside her father and other siblings at their family restaurants. She attended Jackson Elementary and graduated from Central High School. Following high school graduation, she moved to California to serve as a teletype in the war effort until her brother, Chris enlisted in 1945. She returned home to help her family in her brother’s absence. Helen was always very beautiful; many suitors pursued her, but she never chose to marry. She enjoyed her working years at All-State Insurance Company and Sears Roebuck and had lifelong friends from that time in her life. She enjoyed traveling and spent several months in Greece in her younger years.

Helen enjoyed hosting both at her apartment in “West Omaha” and later at the family home on Marcy Street. She enjoyed tending to her yard, sitting on her front porch, and meeting friends for lunch at Greek Islands and Petrow’s. She always had snacks and treats prepared for unannounced visitors. Friends and family often connected unexpectedly at Helen’s house as she had frequent visitors who enjoyed her company. Many people, including strangers, knew her as “Aunt Helen.” She always put others first and cared deeply about her family, friends, neighbors, and the Church. She valued her independence and appreciated those who helped her live independently prior to moving to Hillcrest. Helen’s family would also like to thank the Hillcrest team for making the end of her life as peaceful and as rewarding as possible.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Theodora Petrow; nieces: Jamie Barker, Maria Knowles, and Sia Carlile; nephews, George Kyros, Nick Petrow;  many great nieces and nephews.


  • Peggy Lamb Posted May 10, 2023 7:07 am

    Our thoughts are with you. Heaven has a new angel.

  • Deb and George Barelos Posted May 10, 2023 7:27 am

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family in the loss of your dear family member. May her memory be eternal.

  • Emmanuel “Mike” Vlassakis Posted May 10, 2023 9:33 am

    My deepest and heartfelt condolences in the passing of Helen. She was a wonderful woman with a caring heart and soul. May God grant her peaceful repose and may her memory be eternal.

  • Peggy and Alexander Payne Posted May 10, 2023 10:39 am

    The Petrows and the Paynes go way back, and with many connections. Helen was Peggy’s very first friend when Peggy first arrived in Omaha in 1948, and they remained close all their lives. Peggy and I send love and the very warmest condolences to the Petrow family. Helen was a remarkable human being.

  • Constantine Payne Posted May 10, 2023 10:50 am

    Peggy Payne and I send love and the warmest possible condolences to the Petrow family. The Payne and Petrow families share a nearly 100-year history. Helen was Peggy’s very first friend when Peggy arrived in Omaha in 1948, and they remained friends their entire lives. Helen was a truly elegant and remarkable human being whom the entire community will sorely miss.

  • Diana Al-Amin Posted May 10, 2023 2:05 pm

    To family of Ms. Helen, strength, comfort ,peace, hope from above may God comfort you during this time of sorrow . i worked with Ms. Helen for many year at Allstate Insurance Company she had a strong work ethic & kindness among the entire community.. May her memory be eternal.

  • Viktoriya and Chris Hoegemeyer Posted May 10, 2023 7:58 pm

    Condolences from the Hoegemeyer family

  • Joan Benson Posted May 12, 2023 11:39 am

    We in cottage82 at Hillcrest miss Helen immensely. Her great smile she brought to the breakfast club is greatly missed. The lord needed another angel so he called her home. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Joan Benson Posted May 12, 2023 12:07 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We miss Helen’s beautiful smile and quick wit at the breakfast club. She was an angel on earth and now she will be one of the lords angels in heaven

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