Helen (Fedak) Reilly was called to heaven, June 8, 2014, in Howell, N.J., having just celebrated her 94th birthday.
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Born June 3, 1920, the daughter of John Fedak and Anastasia (Wojcia) Fedak in Warrior Run, Pa., Helen was one of 10 children and the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, John Reilly, who died in 1982. They moved to Staten Island, N.Y., in 1950, and raised six daughters at their home in Dongan Hills, Staten Island, N.Y. Upon retiring to Elmhurst, Pa., in 1972, Helen became an active volunteer at St. Mary's Villa in Elmhurst, Pa., where she organized many different fundraising activities for the Sisters. She was particularly proud of her and her husband's involvement in the Moscow Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter and later for being one of the founding members of the ladies chapter, of which she was a lifetime member.
Helen enjoyed cooking for family and friends, and will be missed when it is time to carve the turkey at Thanksgiving and all her wonderful dishes.
Helen is survived by her daughters, Colleen and her husband, Michael Hartigan, Gilford, N.H.; Patricia and her husband, Raymond Lynch, Whiting, N.J.; Sheila and her husband, Duane Taylor, Sebastopol, Calif.; Maureen and her husband, Joseph LoBello, Flanders, N.J.; Cara and her husband, Joseph Schwab, Staten Island, N.Y.; and Barbara Reilly, Freehold, N.J.; her 12 grandchildren, Maura Frenette, Sean Hartigan, Megan Hartigan, Thomas Scott Reilly, Erin Pile, Adam Malik, Joseph LoBello, Mathew LoBello, Jon Paul Schwab, Evan Schwab, Tyler Schwab and Austin Schwab; and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her grandson, Philip Politico, in 2001; and son-in-law, Skip Kuchenmeister, in 2010.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Eulalias Church, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Twp., Pa., Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 11 a.m. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp., Pa. Arrangements are by the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home of Moscow, Pa.
Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Helen Reilly's name to the
at donations.diabetes.org, your local ASPCA or the donor's choice.
For online condolences and directions, visit www.duffyandsnowdon.com.
Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home
401 Church St Moscow, PA 18444
Published in Scranton Times on June 11, 2014