Helen Mihalchik

Helen Mihalchik, 85, a life resident of Larksville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Commonwealth Hospice, St. Luke's Villa.

Born in Larksville, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Martha Shuleski Bondzinski.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Larksville, where she was very active with the annual parish bazaar and was a pierogi maker.

Prior to her retirement in 1985, Mrs. Mihalchik was employed by American Tobacco Co., Mountain Top, for more than 27 years.

In past years, Helen and her late husband, Buddy, were very active with the Ed-Lark Little League Program.

Her greatest joys in life were her grandchildren and her dogs, Rusty and Magoo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael (Buddy) Mihalchik, in 1978; sisters, Lottie Salitis and Teresa Krystofosky.

Surviving are her children, Sharon Prohaska and her husband, David, with whom she resided; Michael Mihalchik and his wife, Janet, Lawrence, Kansas; grandchildren, David Michael and Ryan Prohaska and Mindy and Todd Mihalchik; great-grandson, Sam Mihalchik; brothers, Peter Bondzinski and his wife, Maureen, Larksville; Ben Bondzinski and his wife, Mary, Lancaster; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Larksville. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Dallas.

Family and friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Helen's family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. James Galasso, the nursing staff at 8 East at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and the nursing staff at the Commonwealth Hospice Inpatient Unit at St. Luke's Villa for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Hazleton Animal Shelter, or to be given to the family at the time of the viewing, to be used for a special project geared towards enhancing the comfort of patients and the families at the Inpatient Hospice Unit of Commonwealth Hospice at St. Luke's Villa.

Visit sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com for directions or to submit condolences to Helen's family.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 21, 2013