Helen Stetz, of Kingston, passed away on Wednesday in Commonwealth Hospice at St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre.
She was born in Hanover Township, a daughter of the late John and Anna Mitchel. She was a graduate of Hanover High School, class of 1943. She was a graduate of the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing. She served as a nurse and became head nurse in charge of the operating room. As she pursued her nursing career, she also played an important role as a visiting nurse as well as private-duty nurse in the Wyoming Valley.
During her marriage to Andrew Stetz, while raising two children, Helen made time in her busy schedule to lend a helping hand at John B. Stetz Clothier, and to cheer her husband on in his golfing ventures at the Wyoming Valley Country Club and at other sites. She and Andy were also avid fans of the Wilkes-Barre Barons.
Andy and Helen always were available to assist their neighbors. She was referred to as "The Street Mother and Nurse," always available to assist with any task.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Stetz; son, Dr. Drew Stetz; and daughter, Cindy Stetz.
Surviving are sister, Dr. Irene Mitchel, professor emeritus, East Stroudsburg University; daughter-in-law, Carol Stetz, State College; grandchildren, Lauren Stetz and her husband, Rabi Baloch, Kathryn and Julianne Stetz; great-granddaughter, Zoya Baloch; brother-in-law, Dr. Edward Kurello, Hanover Township; niece, Deborah Gonsky; grandnephews, Dr. Mark Gonsky and Jonathan Gonsky.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Ignatius Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. Private interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends are asked to meet at the church on Saturday. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's memory to the St. Jude Children's Hospital, the
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Helen's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.
Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Published in Times Leader on May 9, 2013