Helen Grinavich Hilsher

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September 14, 2012

Helen (Goff) Grinavich Hilsher went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 14, 2012, after a seven-year history of Alzheimer's disease.

She was born in Nanticoke on June 15, 1918. She was a daughter of the late Dorothy and James Goff of Nanticoke.

Helen was a graduate of Nanticoke High School and College Misericordia. During World War II, she worked at the Office of Dependency Benefits in Newark, N.J. She taught homebound students in the Nanticoke School District. She lived most of her life in Kingston, where she raised her family and taught in the Wyoming Valley West School District until her retirement. She was a member of St. Ignatius Church until her admission to Messiah Lifeways, Mechanicsburg, in 2009. There, in the company of her family, she died peacefully.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony (Tony) Grinavich, in 1972. After many years of travel, playing bridge and visiting family, she remarried John (Jack) E. Hilsher at the age of 83.

Surviving are her husband of 11 years, Jack Hilsher, of Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Maripat G. Wehman and son-in-law, Hank Wehman, of Hummelstown, Pa.; son, James A. Grinavich and daughter-in-law, Diana Grinavich, of Mountain Top; four grandchildren, Alex and Michael Wehman, Amanda and James Grinavich. Also surviving are her stepchildren, James Hilsher, of Kingston and Marion Borr of Holidaysburg.

Funeral on Monday at 9 a.m. at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, Kingston. Interment will be at St. Francis Cemetery, Nanticoke. Friends may call today from 3 until 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Helen with a donation to the or to Messiah Lifeways, 100 Mt. Allen Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

Published in Times Leader on Sept. 16, 2012
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