Helen M. Kester, 88, formerly of Kingston and Luzerne, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the Mercy Center Nursing Unit, Dallas, where she had been a resident for the past three years.
Born in Luzerne, Helen was the daughter of the late Stephen Martin Sr. and Anna Wishnefski-Martin. She was a graduate of Luzerne High School and worked in the garment industry on the West Side for many years.
As a homemaker, Helen enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking and canning for her family. Her recreation activities included crocheting, ceramics, decorative artwork and traveling.
Helen was a member of Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, and the former St. John Nepomucene Parish. She was a member of the parish Altar and Rosary Society.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Joseph, on April 4, 1990; brother, Stephen Martin Jr., Luzerne; sister, Lillian Abbott, York; and infant sister, Dolores.
Surviving are her children and grandchildren, son, Joseph and Debra Kester, Larksville, and their children, Sarah, David, Rachel and Michael; son, Robert and Kathleen Kester, Shavertown, and their children, Jamie Maher and her husband, Andrew, Kelly Finn and her husband, Jeremy, and Christopher; daughter, Carol and Clifton Dungey, Beaver Creek, Ohio, and their children, Caryn and Colleen; and son, Thomas and Julie Kester, Bethlehem, and their children, Gregory, Andrew, Joseph, Amy and Audrey.
Funeral services will be held from the Chapel of Mercy Center, near the grounds of Misericordia University, Dallas, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of Mercy Center.
The family wishes to thank the staff and management of the Mercy Center Skilled Nursing Unit and Sacred Heart Hospice for their loving care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mercy Center Skilled Nursing Unit, P.O. Box 370, Lake Street, Dallas, PA 18612.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.