August 16, 2012
Charles (Chick) Helfrich passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2012, at the age of 73.
Charles was a Hanover Area graduate, class of 1956. He lived his entire life in Lee Park, located in Hanover Township.
He was a son of the late Bernard and Katherine (Kitty) Brennan Helfrich.
He and his wife, the former Sandra Vitale Helfrich, celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Allen.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Gina Symons; son-in-law, Gary Symons; brothers, James Helfrich, Bernard (Barry) Helfrich and his companion Marie Kabosky; sister-in-law, Naomi Helfrich; many nieces and nephews.
Charles was known throughout Lee Park as "Chick." His sister, Jean Allen, gave him his nickname. They lived their entire married lives on Boland Ave, Lee Park.
Chick was in the bar and grill business for approximately 50 years. All of his bars were named "Chick's" and were located in Lee Park, Hanover Township.
Chick's hobbies were traveling to all the high school wrestling matches, sports events, especially football, and his favorite pastime, vacationing in Las Vegas.
He loved his Lincolns and Cadillacs, but the Lincoln was his favorite. They had to be cleaned and polished. He enjoyed going for rides in the country and eating at nice restaurants.
The family would like to thank Dr. Chittalia, Mary Patara, her staff, Dr. Brady and staff for everything they did for Chick to help him through all the difficult times. They would also like to thank Hospice Community Care and their staff members, registered nurse Andree and Holly, his aide. Special thanks to Robert McDade, Chick's caregiver and long-time friend. Chick was brave and courageous with his terminal illnesses.
The family would like to thank all of the loyal customers that stayed with him until the end. He truly loved and enjoyed his time with each one of you and especially during his last time here in life. You were his family and a piece of his life that was very dear to him.
He has left an imprint, not only on our family's hearts, but also on everyone's heart that ever met him. Chick was a special man who never allowed difficulties to weigh him down. He showed people he was funny, honest, giving, loving, humorous and a human being.
Sandie, Gina and Gary will truly miss and love Chick more than words can be spoken or written and will be waiting until they are all reunited as a family again. He worked hard all of his life. May he rest in peace.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 9 a.m. from Mamary-Durkin Funeral Services, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Aloysius Church, Barney Street, Wilkes-Barre.
Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Sunday at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Those who desire may give memorial contributions to
, 190 Welles St., Forty Fort.