Helen Eleanor Pucalik, age 94, died November 13, 2018, went to her reward following a brief illness. Born on October 23, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Slovak immigrants Jozef A. and Maria I. (Lelak) Tomko and the wife of the late Andrew Pucalik for 72 years.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, dedicating her life to caring for her family. During World War II, she worked in defense industries to support our troops abroad. For her community service, she received a key to the City of McKeesport. She was a member and past President of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Slovak National Catholic Church, which merged with Holy Family Polish National Catholic Church. Helen is survived by her children, Diana (John), Thomas (Rita) and Keith (Denise Sharbaugh); grandsons, David and Matthew Pucalik; sister, Margaret Piskor; also many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, 10 a.m., in the funeral home chapel. Fr. Bruce Sleczkowski will officiate. Committal will follow in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, on Coulterville Rd., White Oak. Memorial contributions are suggested to the McKeesport Heritage Center and Historical Society or to the McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Association. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com
Originally published November 14, 2018.