Helen Karkut, 93, of Dupont died Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. She was the widow of Walter Karkut, who passed away April 17, 2003. The couple had been married for 55 years.
She was born in Pittston, daughter of the late Michael and Catherine Zubanas Shugdinis, and was a graduate of Pittston High School.
She retired from the Consolidated Cigar Corp. in West Pittston and had also worked at Rocky Glen Park.
She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont.
She was one of God's easygoing and gentle people on earth. She maintained her high spirits and faith even after losing two of her sons. She enjoyed shopping and dining trips with her family, as well as their trips to Atlantic City. She had a childlike excitement and enjoyment of flowers and nature.
Surviving are a son, Stanley Karkut, with whom she resided; two sisters, Regina Ostrowski and Anna Shugdinis, both of Pittston; a brother, Andrew Shugdinis, Pittston; nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by sons, Walter and Paul Karkut; sisters, Margaret Shugdinis, Alice Lufrano and Mary Karkut; brothers, John and Frank Shugdinis; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday from Lokuta-Zawacki Funeral Home, 200 Wyoming Ave., Dupont, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery Chapel, Lackawanna and Pine streets, Dupont. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.