Helen Sawicki Sharpe, 84, of Laceyville and Melbourne, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Consulate Health Care Center of Melbourne.
Born in Eaton Township on Dec. 28, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Mary Gajdica Jurista. She was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School.
In her earlier years, she was employed in the garment industry and was a housekeeper for several Laceyville doctors and local priests. She was married to Frank Sawicki, who passed away in 1972. Helen later married Clayton Sharpe and together they operated Sharpe's Lake and Campground in Jenningsville.
Helen was a wonderful cook and baker and loved caring for her flower gardens. She enjoyed playing bingo, was a Philadelphia Phillies fan and was devoted to her family. She was a member of the Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne and was a breast cancer survivor.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, Edward, Michael and Andrew Jurista; sister, Antoinette Kristunas.
Helen is survived by her dearest companion and caregiver, Joseph Grebeck, Melbourne; son, Frank Sawicki and his wife, Jane, Factoryville; daughter, Sharon Norconk and her husband, Gary, Hunlock Creek; son, Lindsey Sawicki and his companion, Connie Brown, Laceyville; daughter, Teresa Cameron and her husband, Lantz, Dushore; grandchildren, Rebecca Veety and her husband, Sean, Meshoppen; Robert Sawicki and his wife, Melanie, Factoryville; Timothy Norconk and his wife, Jennifer, Pittston; Shaun Norconk and his wife, Sherry, Harveys Lake; Kailey Cristofaro and her friend, Phil Saxon, Harveys Lake; Virgil Cameron and his wife, Anne, Satellite Beach, Fla; 12 great-grandchildren, Brooke, Riley, Madison, RJ, Kendra, Reed, Teagan, Emmyrson, Finley, Jackson, Noah and Shelby; brothers, John and George Jurista, both of Tunkhannock, and Thomas Jurista, Silver Lake; sister, Mary Kuffa, Tunkhannock; many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St. Tunkhannock. Services will be 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Nativity BVM, 99 W. Tioga St, Tunkhannock, with the Rev. Dan Doherty presiding. Interment will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Stowell, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming County
, P.O. Box 629, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on May 17, 2013