Helen Grala

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Feb. 12, 2013

Mrs. Helen Grala, 86, of Old Forge, passed away Tuesday evening at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton.

Born in Duryea, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Hayduk Vanko. She was a graduate of Duryea High School and was formerly employed in the area garment industry.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Scranton.

Helen was an avid gardener and loved to go to the casino and travel. She resided in Old Forge for most of her married life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John S. Grala, who passed away on March 12, 1990, after 43 years of marriage. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, George and Michael Vanko; and sisters, Anna Rupp, Margaret Brojock and Mary Dushko.

She is survived by her daughters, Ann M. Salamon and her husband, Michael, Springbrook; Christine Vennarini and her husband, Charles, Pittston Township; Theresa Holmes and her husband, John, Santa Fe, N.M., and Jeanne Robideau and her husband, Kirk, Oswego, N.Y.; four grandsons, Michael Salamon and his wife, Katie; Mark Salamon and his wife, Jennifer; Charles Vennarini and his girlfriend, Lisa Granahan; and Joseph Vennarini and his wife, Debbie; eight great-grandchildren, Michael John, Connor, Matthew, Cora, Kade, Colette, Corin and Kieran; brother, John Vanko, Duryea; sister, Eleanor Guntkowski, Duryea; brother-in-law, Leo Dushko; godson, John Brojock; grandpuppy, Abby; and nieces and nephews

Funeral will be held Saturday at 9:45 a.m. from the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea, with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Divine Mercy Parish, Scranton. The Rev. Francis L. Pauselli will officiate. Interment will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Duryea. Friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity. To leave the family an online condolence or for further information, please visit

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Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc.
204 Main Street
Duryea, PA 18642
(570) 457-4301
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Published in Times Leader on Feb. 15, 2013