Helen M. Yusko, 89, died July 30, 2019, at the Jack Byrne Center in Lebanon, N.H.
She was born Dec. 15, 1929, in Sharpsville, the daughter of George and Maria (Kimak) Vasilenko. Growing up during the depression and World War II to first-generation immigrants from Czechoslovakia, she was taught the value of hard work, family and faith in God.
Helen graduated from Sharpsville High School. She married Edward J. Yusko in Farrell in 1952. Helen worked at the Sharon Store. Later they bought their first home in Sharon then moved to Hermitage, her home for 45 years. She resumed working as bookkeeper and sales associate for Knott's Interiors. Later in her life Helen worked at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Hermitage, and also sold Aflac Insurance.
Helen was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Hermitage.
Once retired, Helen spent time between her homes in Hermitage and Estero, Fla., until relocating to Florida in 2013. She was an active member of the Red Hat Society, her local golf association, bowling leagues, and ladies clubs.
In Pennsylvania and Florida, her days were filled with bocce, golf, cards, mahjong, fashion shows, and fun times with all of her friends and family.
Her husband of 64 years died in 2017, and Helen moved to Vermont to live near her daughter Shelly.
Helen was predeceased by her brother, Steve Vasilenko, and sisters, Anna Kerlek and Irene Henry.
She is survived by a son, Keith Yusko, Orange, Calif.; two daughters, April Taylor, Palm Desert, Calif.; and Shelly Yusko, Quechee, Vt.; three grandchildren, Ian, Derek and Dana; four great-grandchildren, David, Reese, Lucas, and Ezekiel; as well as nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made to St. Michael or to the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care in Lebanon, N.H.
A service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in St. Michael Byzantine Church, Hermitage.
Condolences may be left at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
Burial: America's Cemetery, Hermitage.
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