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Helen Shimko Yankovitch


1921 - 2020
Helen Shimko Yankovitch Obituary
Helen Shimko Yankovitch, 98, a lifelong resident of Taylor, passed peacefully into eternal life, Friday afternoon at St. Mary's Villa, Elmhurst Twp. Her first husband, Stephen Shimko, died Jan. 30, 1951, and her second husband, Stephen Yankovitch, died July 18, 1982.

Born June 18, 1921, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Gronski Krysiuk. She attended SS. Peter & Paul School, and Taylor High School. In her younger years, Helen worked in the garment industry. A simple lady who was an excellent homemaker, she enjoyed making ethnic dishes for her family's enjoyment. Family was the center of Helen's life and she treasured every moment she had with her loved ones. She will forever be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother who was proud of being able to stay home and raise her family and simply enjoyed spending time with them. A devout Catholic, she was a longtime member of St. Ann's Basilica and attended St. Ann's Novena each year.

Helen's family would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff at St. Mary's Villa for the compassionate, loving care they bestowed upon Helen during her stay there.

Surviving are her son, Stephen J. Shimko and wife, Sandy, Jefferson Twp.; a daughter-in-law, Georgia Shimko, Germantown, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Stephen T. Shimko and wife, Margaret, Dresher, Pa.; Daniel Shimko and wife, Valerie, Germantown, Tenn.; Scott Shimko and wife, Colleen, Clarks Green; nine great-grandchildren, Mikey, Meghan, Connor, Logan, Posie, Will, Miles, Fletcher and Teddy Shimko.

She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Shimko, on Feb. 25, 2006; and a brother, Chester Krysiuk.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral on Saturday, Feb. 29, beginning at 9:15 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Ann's Basilica, 1250 St. Ann's St., Scranton. Interment with rite of committal will follow in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Taylor.

Family and friends may call Friday, Feb. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Please visit www.semiancares.com to share memories and express condolences to Helen's family.
Published in Scranton Times from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2020
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