Helen P. Walko Ivoska (1919 - 2015)

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We celebrate the life of Helen P. Walko Ivoska, 95, who passed away peacefully Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Punxsutawney.
Formerly of DuBois, Helen resided at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney, since 2013.
She was born Oct. 23, 1919, in Stanley, the daughter of the late John and Teckla Zeych Siemucha.
Helen was married to the late Andrew Walko and was lovingly devoted to him until his death Nov. 21, 1968.
Helen retired in 1980 as an employee of Rockwell International Manufacturing working in Sykesville and DuBois; that is where she met Vincent Ivoska and they were married Oct. 20, 1973. They were happily married until his death Oct. 6, 1997.
She was a devout member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in DuBois. She unselfishly volunteered her time to help and comfort others. Helen was a Eucharistic minister at DRMC and a member of the following organizations: DRMC West Ladies Auxiliary, Lithuanian Club Ladies Auxiliary, Christ the King Auxiliary and Knights of Lithuanian Council 86.
Helen was an extraordinary baker and hostess and her cookies and hospitality will be greatly missed.
She is survived by one son, David R. Walko, and wife, Sandy; and a brother, Leo Siemucha, all of Punxsutawney. Also surviving are stepchildren: Fred Ivoska and wife, Judy, of Zanesville, Ohio; Rona Crytzer and husband, Ted, of DuBois; and Wally Ivoska and wife, Janet, of Brockway; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Michael Walko; grandson, Andy Walko; daughter-in-law, Fran (Lyons) Walko; six brothers and two sisters.
Helen will be fondly remembered and missed by all whose lives she touched. She was always willing to help others, rarely complained and had a positive and realistic outlook on life. Among so many things,
Helen will be remembered for her contagious smile, sense of humor; her grace and energy as a polka dancer; as well as her "done to perfection" baked goods and Polish delicacies.
Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Goble-Baronick Funeral Home Inc., DuBois. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Dan Kresinski as celebrant. Burial will follow in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery, Sykesville.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 25 Robinson St., DuBois, PA 15801.
Online condolences may be made at www.gbfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Courier Express from Mar. 24 to Mar. 26, 2015