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Lawrence J. Helkowski


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Lawrence J. Helkowski Obituary
Lawrence J. Helkowski, 73, of Irwin, died Monday Jan. 28, 2019. He was born May 22, 1945, in Scottdale, a son of the late Daniel S. Helkowski Sr. and Sara Livingston Helkowski and was also preceded in death by his wife, Jacqualine P. Helkowski; and his sister, Patricia Schmook. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Lawrence was a graduate of Scottdale High School and the University of Pittsburgh. He worked for 33 years for People's Natural Gas and, upon retiring, served as president and CEO of the Westmoreland County Blind Association for 13 years. Lawrence enjoyed supporting his community, volunteering for the United Way during his time with People's Gas as well as serving as a member of the Westmoreland County Community College Board of Trustees. In October of 2017, Lawrence was awarded the Pitt-Greensburg Alumnus of Distinction Award for professional achievement and service. He was an avid fan of all University of Pittsburgh athletics, especially football and basketball. He could be found regularly attending their home games with his late wife, Jackie. Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence Scott Helkowski and his wife, Julie; grandchildren, Andrew and Audrey Helkowski; his brothers, Daniel (the late Carol) Helkowski, of Baden, Arthur (Sandi) Helkowski, of Ruffsdale, and Gregory (Sue) Helkowski, of Scottdale; his brother-in-law, Charles Schmook, of Scottdale; his sister-in-law, Joanna Kondrath, of Orange, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews; and many lifelong friends and caring neighbors.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in St. Josef's Cemetery, Everson.
In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to the University of Pitt-Greensburg or the Westmoreland County Blind Association. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
Published in Norwin Star from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7, 2019
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