LECANTO, Fla. — Helen Gregaitis, 88, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Superior Residences, in Lecanto, Fla.
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Helen was the youngest of 10 children born to Joseph and Christina (Chovanec) Matzura.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tony Porzi, and her second husband, Capt. Alphonsus Gregaitis; four brothers, Joseph, Michael, Andrew and Stephen, and five sisters, Mary Kriskie, Catherine Redlitz, Verna Lisa, Susan Tomesko and Christina Derkacs.
Helen is survived by a sister, Anna Tripodi, of Clifton, N.J.; two nieces, Elizabeth Kriskie, of Washington, D.C. and Diane Jones, of Hardwick, N.J.; four nephews, Michael Matzura, of Cave Creek, Ariz., Joseph Redlitz, of Franklin Lakes, N.J., Joseph Tomesko, of Bloomfield, N.J. and Raymond Tripodi, of Wayne, N.J., and many great-nephews and great-nieces, all of whom she loved and adored.
Helen was born and raised in the tiny coal mining town of Mount Carmel. She terminated her schooling early to care for her ailing mother.
After her marriage to her beloved Tony Porzi, she moved to Clifton, N.J., where she and Tony worked for many years at the Continental Can Company, of Passaic, N.J.
Upon retirement, they returned to Pennsylvania, where they lived in Elysburg until her husband's death.
Helen then met Capt. Alphonsus Gregaitis, with whom she enjoyed many years of joyful marriage, living in Lehighton and Hernando, Fla.
She was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Tamaqua.
Helen was a lively, vibrant woman with a terrific smile and laugh, who loved to dance, play golf, travel and socialize. She was a woman who truly loved life to the very fullest. Helen will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know her.
Published in News Item on Apr. 1, 2014