Helen Schifano

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Nov. 20, 2012

Helen Schifano, 92, died peacefully at Wesley Village on Tuesday morning, Nov. 20, 2012. Born in Port Griffith on July 9, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Alec & Anna Gerich.

Helen was a loving and devout mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and sister in law.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, 1972. Also preceding her in death are her brothers; John and Alec Gerich; sisters, Mary Waytul and Anna Baltusavich; son-in-law, Sam Capitano.

Surviving are her daughter Josie Capitano, Pittston; sons Anthony and wife Johanna Schifano, Old Forge; John and wife, Lina Schifano, Trucksville; three nieces; one nephew; sister in laws, five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Charles Manganiello and the staff, nurses and aides at Wesley Village for their kindness, care and compassion.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. Viewing hours will be held on Thursday Nov. 22, 2012 from 4 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services will begin at the funeral home on Friday Nov. 23, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Joseph Marello Parish (Our Lady of Mount Carmel R.C. Church), Pittston at 10 a.m. Interment services will follow at St. Rocco's R.C. Cemetery, Pittston Twp.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Published in Times Leader on Nov. 21, 2012