Helen Nowak, 94, of Wilkes-Barre passed into eternal rest Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at her home, after a courageous battle with dementia.
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Born Sept. 13, 1918, in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Jazgier Ramus.
Mrs. Nowak attended Wilkes-Barre city schools and was a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and greatly enjoyed her home. She was a great homemaker and enjoyed cooking, baking and sharing with her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leo, who passed away in 1994; son, Thomas; great-grandson, Matthew J. Murray; brothers, Anthony Ramus, John Ramus, Joseph Ramus and Bernard Gedrick; and sisters, Stella Mikoliatis, Bertha Zaremba, Pauline Sczymczak, Mary Rutkowski and Frances Capo.
Surviving are her six children, John Nowak and his wife, Diane, Wilkes-Barre; twins, Joan Popovich and her husband, Gary, New York and Florida, and Jean Murray and her husband, John, Dallas; twins, Leo F. Nowak, Wilkes-Barre, and caregiver, Helen J. and her husband, Jan Gabriel, with whom she resided in Wilkes-Barre; and Mary Jo Nace and her husband, Arthur, Wilkes-Barre. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Mary's Nativity Cemetery, Plymouth Township. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth, PA 18651, 570-779-5323, or Celtic Hospice (Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre), 25 Church St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18765, 877-421-0699, in Helen's memory.
Mrs. Nowak's family would like to thank the nurses and aides at Celtic Hospice for their special care and compassion they showed to Helen.
Please visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com for directions or to submit online condolences.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2013