Helen Nowak

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Helen Nowak, 94, of Wilkes Barre, passed into eternal rest on Wednesday, April, 17, 2013, at her home, after a courageous battle with dementia.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 13, 1918, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Jazgier Ramus.

Mrs. Nowak attended Wilkes Barre city schools and was a member of All Saints Parish of 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; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Nowak's family thanks the nurses and aides at Celtic Hospice for the special care and compassion they showed to Helen.

Funeral will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. from the 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 today from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Helen's name to All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth, PA 18651, 570-779-5323, or the Celtic Hospice, Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, 25 Church St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18765, 877-421-0699.

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Published in Times Leader on Apr. 19, 2013