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Helen Kessell, 94, of Sharon, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in St. John XXII Home. She made her home most of her life on Service Avenue in Sharon.
Helen was born in Farrell Feb. 25, 1923, to Joseph and Anna (Bross) Volansky. She graduated from Farrell High School, class of 1941. She also attended the Shenango Valley Commercial School.
On May 29, 1948, she married her husband, the late Michael Kessell, who passed away Oct. 22, 2001. Helen worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp. for 39 years, until her retirement.
She was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Hermitage, where she was an active member of the ladies social club and helped with catering and sang in the choir with her sisters.
Helen loved traveling, reading, and knitting. She and Mike visited 49 of the 50 states in their many travels. They were particularly fond of Lake George in the New York Finger Lakes, the Pocono Mountains for the autumn leaves, and of course, Las Vegas, all of which they visited frequently, and often with friends and family as traveling companions. In her lifetime she knitted with love, beautiful and intricate sweaters, Afghans and made over 1,000 dish cloths.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Jean Volansky, and many nieces and nephews from the Madura, Volansky, Bross, Cook and Mentrek families.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Anna Volansky; sisters, Madeline Madura and Shirley Mentrek; and brother, Joseph Volansky Jr.

Helen, 94, of Sharon.
Calling hours: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday (1-13-18) SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage. Online condolences may be expressed at www.shermanfuneralhome.com
Services: Funeral Divine Liturgy at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (1-13-18) in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, Hermitage, with Father Kevin Marks officiating.
Burial: St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.
Published on January 10, 2018
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