Virginia Helfrich

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Virginia Helfrich, 92, of the Newtown section of Hanover Township, died Wednesday evening, April 23, 2014, in Celtic Hospice, Geisinger Community Care South Wilkes-Barre, with her loving family by her side.

Born Dec. 4, 1921, in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Frances Miller Rother and was a graduate of Hanover High School, Class of 1939.

Virginia was a member of St. Aloysius Church, where for many years she was a volunteer in the school cafeteria and worked their annual bazaars.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John, after 59 years of marriage; brothers, Paul and Robert Rother; sister, Elizabeth Herriotts; wonderful daughter-in-law, Marisa Helfrich; sister-in-law, Dorothy Rother; and great-granddaughter, Madelyn Rose Lehman.

She is survived by her son, John Helfrich and his companion, Sharon Whitman, Texas; daughter, with whom she resided, Nancy Lehman and her husband, George, Newtown section of Hanover Township; grandsons, George Lehman and companion, Corrine Sartini, Wilkes-Barre; Brian Lehman and his wife, Elaine, Plains Township; and Kevin Helfrich, Texas; great-grandchildren, Melissa, George, Grace and Emma Lehman, Schiann, Altheena, Aidan, Kevonya and Devin Helfrich, Texas; great-great-grandson, John Yodsnukis; brothers, Donald Rother, Hanover Township; and Charles Rother and his wife, Margie, Levittown; sister-in-law, Florence Rother, New Mexico, nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday from Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish at St. Aloysius Church, Division Street, Wilkes-Barre.

Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday.

The family would like to thank some very special people in Virginia's life: Kathleen Lehman, who was always there for her; Theresa Kane, caregiver; Ellen Heffron, her nurse, and the entire staff of Celtic Hospice for their kindness to Virginia and her family.

For more information, or to view a video tribute to Virginia, visit the funeral home website at
Published in Citizens' Voice from Apr. 25 to Apr. 29, 2014
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