Helen Sawicki Sharpe, 84, of Laceyville and Melbourne, Fla., passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Consulate Health Care Center of Melbourne.
Born in Eaton Township on Dec. 28, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Gajdica Jurista. She was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School.
In her earlier years, she was employed in the garment industry and was a housekeeper for several Laceyville doctors and local priests.
She was married to Frank Sawicki, who passed away in 1972. Helen later married Clayton Sharpe and together they operated Sharpe's Lake and Campground in Jenningsville.
Helen was a wonderful cook and baker and loved caring for her flower gardens. She enjoyed playing bingo, was a Phillies baseball fan and was devoted to her family. She was a member of Ascension Catholic Church, Melbourne, Fla., and was a breast cancer
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joseph, Edward, Michael and Andrew Jurista; and sister, Antoinette Kristunas.
Helen is survived by her dearest companion and caregiver, Joseph Grebeck, Melbourne, Fla.; son, Frank Sawicki and wife, Jane, Factoryville; daughter, Sharon Norconk and husband, Gary, Hunlock Creek; son, Lindsey Sawicki and companion, Connie Brown, Laceyville; daughter, Teresa Cameron and husband, Lantz, Dushore; grandchildren, Rebecca Veety and husband, Sean, Meshoppen; Robert Sawicki and wife, Melanie, Factoryville; Timothy Norconk and wife, Jennifer, Pittston; Shaun Norconk and wife, Sherry, Harveys Lake; Kailey Cristofaro and friend, Phil Saxon, Harveys Lake; and Virgil Cameron and wife, Anne, Satellite Beach, Fla.; 12 great-grandchildren, Brooke, Riley, Madison, RJ, Kendra, Reed, Teagan, Emmyrson, Finley, Jackson, Noah and Shelby; brothers, John and George Jurista, both of Tunkhannock; Thomas Jurista, Silver Lake; sister, Mary Kuffa, Tunkhannock; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday from Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Church of the Nativity BVM, 99 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with the Rev. Dan Doherty presiding. Interment will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Stowell.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 629, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com