Helen Wilkes

Obituary of Helen Wilkes

Mrs. Helen V. Wilkes, of Sheatown, Newport Township, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center on Saturday, October 23, 2021. She was 105 years old. Helen was born in Nanticoke on March 2, 1916, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Stella Pohepic Gizinski. Helen was educated in the Nanticoke school system graduating in 1934. As a young girl she worked at the Duplan Silk Mill as a spinner and tester. On November 23, 1939, she would marry John, whom she met while singing in the St. Cecelia Choir at St. Mary’s Church. Helen was very active in church and social organizations. She volunteered at the St. Stanislaus Medical Center; was past president and treasurer of the Newport Senior Citizens’ Group; sang in St. Mary’s choir from the age of 12; and was a member of the Ladies of Mary at St. Faustina Parish and the Womens Catholic Council, serving as secretary. She was a devout Catholic. She loved music and reading. In high school, Helen played violin and was a member of an all -girl orchestra. Musical groups that she sang with included: the Apollo Club, The Balaikes Group, and the Polish American Sunshine Club Singers. Helen enjoyed dancing and had been seen dancing on WVIA’s Polka Party with her friends. As far as traveling, she visited Poland, Hawaii, Bermuda, the Catskill Mountains, and Disney World in Florida. The Florida trip included her two grandchildren, Christine and Carrie. Helen enjoyed reading novels and was a devoted fan of Penn State football, Villanova basketball, and the TV show Days of Our Lives. Helen was also famous for her cheesecakes. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, her sisters, Isabelle and Louise and brothers, Edward and Leonard. She is survived by her children, John and his wife, Kathy (Chesney), Joseph and his wife, Carol (Sokolnicki); grandchildren, Deborah Wilkes Fisher and husband, David, Christine Wilkes Beninati and husband, John, Carrie Wilkes Williams and husband, Jay, and Kevin Wilkes and wife, Lindsay (Ludorf) Wilkes; six great-grandchildren, Sophia and Ava Beninati, Abby and Matthew Williams, and Hunter and Brayden Wilkes. Fortunately, “Grammie” as she was called by family and friends, was given the gift of good health and well-being which allowed her to live a very active and independent life-style. Her greatest love was her family. She was always interested and proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They will be a daily reminder that “Grammie’s” legacy lives on. She will be sadly missed by all. Funeral services will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. from Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad Street, Nanticoke with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Faustina Kowalska Parish, 520 S. Hanover Street, Nanticoke. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Wanamie Viewing and visitation hours will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family asks that those attending the visitation and services wear a mask.
Thursday
28
October

Viewing and Visitation hours

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Davis Dinelli Funeral Home
170 East Broad Street
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, United States
(570) 735-5370
The family asks those attending the visitation and Funeral Mass, please wear a mask
Friday
29
October

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, October 29, 2021
St. Faustina Kowalska Parish
520 South Hanover Street
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, United States
(570) 735-4833
Friday
29
October

Interment with Rite of Committal

11:20 am - 11:30 am
Friday, October 29, 2021
St. Mary's Cemetery
Belles Road
Wanamie, Pennsylvania, United States