Helen T. Carlsen, 84, of Hallstead, Pa., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 3, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Arthur Martin Carlsen; a son, Arthur Thomas Carlsen; an infant grandson, Scott Carlsen; a brother, Frank; three sisters, Kate, Sophie, and Nellie; and many extended family members. She was born in Bridgewater Township to the late George and Mary Brudz Starzec.
She is survived by her children, James and Brenda Carlsen, Hallstead, Pa.; Ann Marie Carlsen, Maryville, Tenn.; Mary Lou and Todd Zurn, Conklin, N.Y.; and Mark and Lisa Carlsen, Lafayette, Ind.; daughter-in-law, Donna Carlsen, Spring Hill, Fla.; grandchildren, Jeff and Emily Carlsen, Melissa and Sean Franz, Heather and Edward Kogut, Amanda and Max Pham, Taylor Carlsen, Christopher Carlsen, Kristine Carlsen, Jordan and Suzanne Carlsen, Tori Zurn, Troy Zurn, Emily Carlsen, Abigail Carlsen; great grandchildren, Katelyn and Kyle Carlsen, Hannah and Mollie Franz, Isabella and Atticus Kogut, Max Jr. and Delilah Pham; two brothers, Edward Starzec and John and Pat Starzec; three sisters-in-law, Ruth Arnold, Gerry Carlsen and Lois Carlson; a brother-in-law, Edward Olszewski; numerous nieces and nephews; neighbors and very dear friends, Mary and Norm Button.
Helen grew up on the family farm in Montrose filled with faith, family devotion and a strong work ethic. She retired from the Blue Ridge school system in 1993 after 20 years making friends and memories. She was member of St. Lawrence church. She was an accomplished seamstress who loved to make anything from bridesmaid's dresses for her granddaughters to all types of crafts that she took great pleasure in giving to her family and friends. She loved sports and played basketball during her high school years but especially enjoyed supporting and cheering on her children and later grandchildren's sporting and special school events. She was an avid bowler and was treasurer for her bowling league for many years. The most important aspect of Helen's life was the love she shared with her kids and grandkids. She always said she lived for her kids and was devoted in every way to their well-being and happiness, being a positive influence in their daily lives.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Inc. and at 11:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be made in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions:
, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.