KILIAN HELEN (MATEJA)
Age 95, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family and loved ones, on March 17, 2014. Preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Joseph A. Kilian; her brother, Fred Mateja; and her sister, Stella Kellinger. She is survived by her sister, Addie Zubkousky of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Helen raised and is survived by her six loving children, Shirley Kilian, Nancy Rupp (John), Peggy Kilian-Scharpf (Greg), Robert Kilian (Renee), Eileen Masci (Anthony), and Tim Kilian (Josie); and her nine grandchildren. Helen lived a long and happy life. Raised in New Castle, PA, she grew up dancing the polka along with her mother and sisters. Helen moved to Pittsburgh to marry the love of her life, Joseph, in 1950. She was a dedicated homemaker and began her working career by selling Avon products, where she so impressed one of her clients, that she was offered a job in the Northway Mall at Ludwig Floral. She was known to everyone at the mall by her fire red hair and outgoing personality and remained a well known mall celebrity for years. Helen traveled overseas to The Holy Land, Poland, and explored the Hawaiian Islands, but her favorite destination was Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where she, along with her sister, Addie and brother-in-law, John, would close "Art Stocks Playpen" frequently on Saturday nights and wake to tell many amusing Sunday morning stories of their late night antics. Once again, she is reunited with her loved ones, along with her beloved husband, Joseph, where he has waited so patiently all these years. Friends received Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 2-8 p.m. at the H. P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp., 412-364-4444. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at St. Sebastian Church. Burial will follow in Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery, Ross Twp.
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