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Helen Theresa Harrison formerly of Charleston, Jefferson Township, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning Nov. 8, 2017, at The Villas at St. Paul's, West Salem Township, following a period of declining health. She was 92.
Helen was born on April 11, 1925, to Joseph and Merle (Hassel) Trapasso. She was an honor student and graduated from Hickory High School in 1942 then from the former Shenango Valley Commercial Institute.
She was employed by the Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. as a stenographer and secretary, retiring in 1983 with 40 years of service and was a member of the Westinghouse Retirees Association.
Helen was a lifelong member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer, and a charter member of the Mercer County Historical Society as well the Mercer County Genealogical Society. She was a member at large of the National Society, Daughters of the American Colonists, and an organizing and charter member of the former Matthias Zahniser Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists, where she served as treasurer for 35 years. She served as director and corresponding secretary of the Zahniser Foundation for 40 years. She was a member of the Hickory Hill Cemetery Association and was instrumental in overseeing the cemetery restoration.
She was a member of the Jefferson Township Civic League and in 2001 was inducted into the Mercer County and Pennsylvania Voter Halls of Fame for having voted in General Elections for 50 consecutive years. Helen also enjoyed gardening, flower arranging of both fresh and dried, and needlepoint.
She is survived by her brother, Joseph Paul Trapasso and his wife Gloria of St. Paul's, Greenville; nephew, John J. Trapasso and his wife Debra of Greensburg; great-niece, Jennifer R. Laughlin and her husband Michael of Greensburg; two great-nephews, John R. Trapasso and his wife Megan of Apex, N.C., and Joseph P. Trapasso and his wife Nicole of San Jose, Calif.; two great-great-nieces; and two great-great-nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Gordon W. Harrison, who passed away on Dec. 25, 2010, a brother, John Salvatore Hassel Trapasso; and her parents.

Helen Theresa Harrison, 92, of St. Paul's, West Salem Township, formerly of Charleston, Jefferson Township.
Service: Private, per Helen's request, at the SAMPLE-O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 555 E. State St., Sharon, officiated by Rev. Dr. William Crooks, retired pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Mercer. Friends and family may view the obituary and send condolences at www.sampleodonnellfh.com.
Burial: America's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on November 10, 2017
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