Helen Marie Klem

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Helen Marie Klem, 93, formerly of the Hudson section of Plains Twp., passed into the hands of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the early morning hours on Friday, March 9, 2018, while in the care of Little Flower Manor Nursing Home, Wilkes-Barre.

Born Jan. 4, 1925, in Mocanaqua, she was daughter to the late George and Helen Zalewski Levitski. At an early age her family moved to Plains Twp., where she attended school.

Helen worked at J.B. Carr and Co. as a helper in food preparation and later in the Frieder Cigar Factory as a packer.

She left work to start her family after marrying Edward A. Klem. In the years that followed, Helen and Edward raised five children. Together they raised their family in the Plains Twp. area. Edward passed away Feb. 20, 1986.

Helen continued on with her deep faith in her religion and her God. She was a past member of the St. Joseph Church, Hudson, until the church's closure. At St. Joseph's, Helen was very active in the Christian Mothers as a past officer. Currently, Helen was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Twp.

In her past, Helen was a former den mother to the Cub Scouts, Pack 11, of Plains Twp.

Helen was very active throughout her life. She enjoyed going to church bingos, bazaars, completing word search puzzles, making pierogi and cooking for her family. Her specialty was baking for her children and grandchildren, who she loved dearly.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, George and Helen; husband, Edward; son, David; brother, Frank; and two grandsons, Lewis Klem and Edward Wilde.

Surviving are her daughter, Pamela Wilde and her husband, David, Ashley; sons, Edward and his wife, Margaret "Maggie," Plains Twp.; and Ronald and his wife, Emily, Plains Twp.; daughter, Patricia Balla, Florida; brothers, John Levitski, Forty Fort; and Paul Levitski, Berwick; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Hudson Road, Plains Twp., with the Rev. Jack Lambert as celebrant.

Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wyoming.

Family and friends may call in the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Helen's memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1541 Alta Drive, Suite 204, Whitehall, PA 18052, 610-820-0206.

Services are under the care and direction of Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., Plains Twp.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 14, 2018