Helen Partilla

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Nov. 6, 2012

Mrs. Helen (Wyda) Partilla, 95, formerly of Moyallen Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed from this life Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2012, in the Keystone Garden Estates, Route 11, Plymouth Township, where she resided for the past six years.

Born Aug. 3, 1917 in Luzerne, she was a daughter to the late George and Mary (Mizenko) Wyda. Educated in the city schools, she was a member of the 1934 graduating class of GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre.

Until her retirement, she was employed in the local garment industry as a seamstress for the former Alan Manufacturing Company of Ashley for many years.

Mrs. Partilla was a member of Saint Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Wilkes-Barre, where she was previously active in church affairs. She was a member of Saint Matthew's Quilters, held membership in the Dorcas Guild, and previously the Beacon Club at church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. John Partilla, on Oct. 5, 1987; by brothers George and Edward Wyda; and a sister, Mrs. Anna Svetz.

Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Ruth Narcum, and her husband, Walter, of Hunlock Creek; her son, Mr. John Partilla, and his wife, Maureen, of Phoenix, Md.; grandchildren, Mrs. Meredith Tseu, Mr. Walter J. Narcum, Mrs. Betsy Ann Gunby, Mrs. Katelein Hall; great-grandchildren, Jack and Charlie Narcum, Maddie and Ryan Tseu; sister, Mrs. Sophie Legates; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Partilla will be conducted on Friday at noon in St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 663 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Gary John Scharrer, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, St. Mary's Road, Hanover Township. Relatives and friends are invited to join Helen's family directly at St. Matthew for visitation Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of services.

Helen's family would like to gratefully acknowledge the professional caring staff of Keystone Garden Estates and, more recently, Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the gentle compassion shown their mother in her final days.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Partilla's name to St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 663 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705 or to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. The John V. Morris Family is honored to care for Mrs. Partilla and her family at this time. To send the Partilla family online words of comfort and friendship, please visit our family's website at

Published in Times Leader on Nov. 8, 2012