PRINGLE — Helen J. (Fine) Okraszewski, 78, of Pringle died Aug. 14, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at her bedside.
Born Feb. 29, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Julia V. (Olexy) Fine of Plymouth. She graduated from Larksville High School in 1954, where she excelled in academics and basketball.
Helen was a statuesque brunette with blue, sparkling eyes and modeled in fashion shows.
Our "Oakie" was always a creative soul, and enjoyed making clothing and pottery, drawing and writing poetry, which was published. Her hand-crafted booties and afghans were made with love for her many grandchildren. She also donated her crocheted slippers to staff and patients at local hospitals.
She was employed by Nesbitt Memorial Hospital, where she was an active member of the Nesbitt Employee Activities Committee, Kingston, and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital until her retirement.
She was also an active member of St. Hedwig's Mothers Guild. Over the years, she socialized with her lifelong friends at their monthly get-togethers. When asked her age, Helen would often jokingly say she was a teenager, because she was a leap year baby.
She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard; sister, Catherine Fine; and grandchild, Bradley Okraszewski.
Surviving are her sisters, Verna Everett, Danville, Claire and her husband, Richard Sawyer, Danville; brother, James Fine and his wife, Maria, New Jersey; daughters, Sue and her husband, Edward J. Brennan, Larksville, Sandra Okraszewski and Chino Velasquez, Plymouth; sons, Michael and his wife, Cindy, Pringle, and David, Pringle; grandchildren, Jennifer, Casandra, Alysha, Shannon, Laura, Juliana and Alexandrya; and great-grandchildren, Robbie, Jianna, Jayden, Lily, Beau, Eli and Chloe.
A funeral will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerby Ave., Kingston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. Interment will be at Chapel Lawn Memorial Cemetery, 4115 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Family and friends may attend a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Kopicki Funeral Home.