KOPCHIK – Helen Elizabeth, 86, who resided at Amber Hills at Cambria Care Center, died March 14, 2020. Born October 20, 1933 in St. Michael, PA, the daughter of John and Anna (Sikora) Keselak. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; and brother, John. Survived by her son, George S. Kopchik and wife, Heidi, Ebensburg; daughter, Diana M. Young and husband, Lonnie, York; grandchildren: Colin, Megan, Nicole, Chad, and Curt; great-granddaughter, Murphy; and sisters, Ethel Keselak and Marie Hudson. Also survived by special friend, Richard Facciani. Helen loved her family and friends and was loved back by all of us. She was an excellent cook, baker and homemaker. She enjoyed being outside in the garden, walking, and sitting on the front porch and was always “doing something” to keep herself busy. She loved her church and was deeply faithful as a Byzantine Catholic. She took great pride in her Slovak heritage, especially as related to the many traditions of Christmas and her favorite holiday, Easter. She was a volunteer at St. Mary’s Byzantine Church and worked tirelessly for the Folk Festivals, weddings, funerals, and many of the other events at the church. Helen had a wonderful sense of humor and it was a joy to hear her laugh and see her smile. She was exceedingly kind and generous and was always willing to help others. Helen will be missed tremendously by family and friends but we know she is with God and probably making Him a few dozen pirohi or putting a fresh coat of paint on something in Heaven. The family would like to extend their great appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the nurses and caregivers of UPMC Family Hospice and likewise to the staff and caregivers of Amber Hills at Cambria Care Center for their wonderful care and compassion. We are grateful to all of you for giving us peace of mind and for making mom comfortable in her final days. Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home, Inc., 710 Broad Street. Funeral Liturgy will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Msgr. Raymond Balta. Committal Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum.
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