Helen Marie Castellani, 90, of the Hudson section of Plains Township, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, following a brief illness.
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Born on May 4, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Michael A. and Antoinette Krett Kucek. Helen grew up in the Irishtown section of Plains Township. She attended local schools and was a proud graduate of Plains Memorial High School, Class of 1940.
During World War II, Helen worked for the JB Carr Co., Wilkes-Barre, helping to make meal rations for soldiers overseas. After the war, Helen began to work in the local garment industry. She was employed by Plains Blouse and later by Bob Ellen's Sportswear as a garment worker until her retirement.
She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union and the Senior Citizens Group, Plains Township. Throughout the years, Helen enjoyed helping and planning her high school class reunions.
Mrs. Castellani was well-known for her skill and talent in designing and painting pysanky eggs at Easter. Helen's other hobbies were being an avid shopper and a wonderful cook for her family.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Louis, 1985; brothers, John, Frank and Michael; and sisters, Lottie Bohunko, Mary Doblix, Stella Mazur and Blanche Swan.
Surviving are daughters, Beverly and her husband, Robert Astolfi, Forty-Fort, and Lou Ellen and her husband, Raymond Zekas, Shavertown; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township. Interment will be in Italian Independent Cemetery, Wyoming. Friends and family may call at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township, PA 18705.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., Plains Township.
Published in Times Leader on May 2, 2013