Helen M. Mayewski

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DURYEA — Mrs. Helen M. Mayewski, 97, of Duryea, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Riverside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Taylor.

Born in Forest City, on Dec. 5, 1916, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Lasicki Orlowski. She attended Forest City schools. She worked at the former Duryea Silk Mill and later retired after 25 years from the former Brooks Mfg. Co., Old Forge.

She was a devout Catholic and a member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea. She was a member of the Christian Women's Society. She was a member and past president of the former Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

Helen was a strong person with a remarkable memory and would often reminiscence about the old days. She was very proud of her Polish heritage, loved polka music and cooking in the Polish tradition. When it came to sports, she rooted for the Yankees until her dying days.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward S. Mayewski, who passed away on March 14, 1997; son-in-law, Edward Riviello; brothers, Frank Orlowski and Walter Kijek.

Surviving are daughter, Mary Ann Riviello, Wharton, New Jersey; son, Eugene Majewski and his wife, Carol, Taylor; grandchildren, Gene Majewski Jr. and his wife, Mari, Old Forge, David Majewski, Taylor, Chris Riviello and his wife, Danette, Maryland, Mark Riviello and his wife, Kelly, New Jersey, Mary Ellen Pajunas and her husband, Paul, New Jersey; great-grandchildren, Emily, Elizabeth, Alicia, Olivia, Collin and Zackery; niece, Diane Orlowski, Duryea; nephew, Ben Nitowski and his wife, Dolores, Duryea.

The family thanks Helen's niece, Diane; her neighbor, Phyllis; and her good friend, Marion for all the care and love that was shown to her.

The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, Duryea, with the Rev. Andrew Sinnott officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Duryea. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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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 from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2014