Helen M. McGill


Helen M. McGill, 91, of Jackson Center, passed on Tuesday afternoon (July 30, 2019) in Orchard Manor.
Helen was born on May 23, 1928, in New Castle to Leroy Dennison and Elnora Margaret (McCormick) McGill.
She was a graduate of the former Sandy Lake High School and the Bashline Rossman School of Nursing, Grove City.
Helen was a member of The Church of The Beloved Disciple.
She started her nursing career at the former Bashline Hospital, where she supervised the operating rooms.
In the late 1960s she moved to Miami and worked in surgery at the VA Hospital. Later in the mid '70s she returned to the Pittsburgh area to work in operating rooms at Presbyterian, Mercy, Allegheny and Montefiore hospitals.
While working for the University of Pittsburgh, she was a member of the team that performed the first heart transplant in this area. At the time of her retirement she was working in organ transplant surgery at Presbyterian.
Helen was a member of the Grove City Women's Club. She was an active volunteer at Grove City Medical Center. She enjoyed spending time with the Bashline Hospital and Sandy Lake High School alumni.
Helen like traveling, golfing and dancing and most of all spending time with her nephews and nieces.
She is survived by: nephews and nieces, Leroy "Denny" Geibel and wife Karen, Jackson Center, Linda Geibel, Garner, N.C., Lawrence M. Geibel and wife Mary Beth, Grove City, Laurel M. Geibel, Jackson Center, Steve Polkabla and wife Amy, Michael Polkabla and wife Cindy, Cathy Saylor and husband Jerry, all of Grove City; and many great-nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her parents and two sisters, Blanche Polkabla Bodesheim and Dorothy Geibel, preceded Helen in death.

Helen M., 91, of Jackson Center.
Calling hours: 10 to 10:50 a.m. Friday (8-2-19) at the day chapel of The Church of The Beloved Disciple, 1370 S. Center St. Ext., Grove City.
Mass of Christian burial: 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Burial: Crestview Memorial Park, Inc., Grove City.
Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, INC., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
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The "ole" Bashline -Rossman Hospital Alumni --/Dr. Betty Jo White-
Aug 01, 2019
From the "ole" Bashline-Rossman Hospital Alumni, remembering Helen as an excellent surgical nurse. She was very witty, with a great sense of humor and a flair for the fashions of the day. She was so generous and kind to everyone. She had a passionate heart. She was a great supporter of this group from her day of graduation as a nurse from this hospital. She will be greatly missed.
Dr. Betty Jo White
Jul 31, 2019
Everyone, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Aunt Helen. She loved all of you all of the time and talked about all of you all of the time. She was a wonderful nurse in surgery and will always be remembered for this. She worked many nights, holidays and birthdays of long hours taking care of patients. She never complained. She will always be remembered. Dr. Betty Jo White