Branick, Helen Holovka
Helen Holovka Branick, 91, fell asleep in the Lord on Monday afternoon, July 14, 2014 at Elizabeth Church Manor. She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Branick Jr.; her parents, Charles and Helen Holovka; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Charles and Anne Holovka, John and Helen Holovka, and Michael Holovka; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Mary and Nicholas Nider and Anne and George Molessa; her son-in-law, Lt. Col. Paul F. Matys; father and mother-in-law, Andrew and Anna Branick Sr. and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Vivian Branick. She is survived by her loving daughter, Lynda B. Matys, Bowie, MD; two granddaughters and their husbands, Alison Matys and Lyon Fisher, Lakeridge, VA and Sara and John Handel, Arlington, VA: a great grandson, Adam Fisher; two sisters-in-law, Loretta A. Branick and Maria Holovka; several caring nieces, nephews, and her dearest friend, Kay Prytherch. Helen was an active member of St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church, its Ladies Guild and took part in the church's annual pirohi sale. She was a member of Women's National Book Association, and the First Ward American Legion Auxiliary. Helen was an employee of Vail-Ballou and worked as a proof reader for thirty-five years. She loved books and read for pleasure for more than twenty-nine years. She loved cooking and baking and never saw a recipe she didn't think she could improve upon. Helen once made six hundred cookies for her granddaughter's wedding and transported them to Washington, DC. Helen also enjoyed traveling to Florida, North Carolina, England, Germany, Hawaii and Maryland to visit her granddaughters. A Divine Liturgy and funeral service will be celebrated by the Very Rev. Protopresbyter James Dukto on Thursday at 9:30AM at St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church, 292 Clinton St., Binghamton. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Rev. Dutko will conduct a prayer service 4PM Wednesday at the Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home, 326 Prospect St., Binghamton where the family will receive friends Wednesday 4-7PM. The family would like to thank the caregivers on the First Floor at Elizabeth Church Manor for their affection, compassion and wonderful care. We would also like to thank her kind and caring neighbors. Contributions may be made in Helen's memory to either St. Michael's Kitchen Renovation Fund or to Elizabeth Church Manor.
Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home
326 Prospect St. Binghamton, NY 13901
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from July 15 to July 17, 2014