Helen Thurrell

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August 22, 2012

Helen Czerniakowski Thurrell died August 22, 2012, after a short bout with cancer. Her family was by her side.

Helen was born in 1935 in Plains Township. She excelled as a student and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in chemistry from Misericordia College. She met her husband, Larry, while working at Hercules Powder Company in Wilmington, Del. They celebrated their 53rd anniversary in May.

Helen instilled in her family a strong sense of love and determination. She was dedicated to her grandchildren and enjoyed watching them participate in their favorite activities and sports. She enjoyed playing tennis, traveling and watching the birds and wildlife in her backyard. Helen was also an avid baseball fan.

Helen is preceded in death by her sister, Josephine, and two brothers, John and Thomas.

She leaves behind her loving husband, Larry; son, Lars, and his wife, Janice; three daughters, Marian and her husband, Bob; Julianne Dods and her husband, Reynolds; Amy Schantz and her husband, Bob; 12 adoring grandchildren, Jason, Kara, Patrick, Elizabeth, Monica, Matthew, Margaret, Paul, Megan, Andrew, Adam and Bennett.

The family wishes to thank the caring nurses and staff at Christiana Care and Seasons Hospice for their compassion and support.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Del. Friends may visit with the family on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Del. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the non-profit organization of your choice. For online condolences, please visit

Published in Times Leader on Aug. 24, 2012