Ms. Helena A. (McCarthy) Chalker, 78, formerly of Madison Street in Wilkes-Barre's North End neighborhood, passed peacefully into eternal life Sunday night. She passed in the comfort of the family residence in the Hudson section of Plains Township with her beloved children and grandchildren at her bedside.
Born June 10, 1941 in Wilkes-Barre, she was the youngest of twelve children to the late Eugene and Eleanor (Kelly) McCarthy. Educated in the Catholic faith, she attended the former Saint John the Evangelist Parochial School in North Wilkes-Barre prior to her attendance at the James M. Coughlin High School.
More recently, Ms. Chalker was employed by the George Avenue location of Schiels Family Markets in the bakery department for several years. In her spare time, she enjoyed membership in the Polish American Veterans' Club of Hudson.
Helena's greatest passions were her family and dear friends. She is remembered as being a loving, devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandma and friend. Her passing leaves a void in the lives of all those she touched in this life. She will be ever-missed by her adoring children, Patricia M. (Patti) Mackiewicz, with whom she resided; Karen Charnichko and her husband Robert of Wilkes-Barre Township; Helena Fedak and her husband Jim of Virginia; Frank Chalker and his companion Jennifer Siperko and Thomas Chalker along with his wife Erika, all of Hudson; Nine grandchildren and their families including; Michael Burke, his wife Heather and their children Adyson, Makynli and Landyn; Joseph Mackiewicz; Tanya Zambetti and her husband Scott; Robert Charnichko and his fiancé, Kaylee Mosier along with their children Chase and Gavin; Wyatt Chalker; Garrett Chalker; Ryan Chalker; Sean Chalker; Brandon Verdekal, his wife Jenna and their children, Lukas and Camryn; Her only remaining sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Monk of Florida; Numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
She was preceded by ten brothers and sisters including Gene McCarthy; Ed McCarthy; Joe McCarthy; Thomas McCarthy; Eleanor McCarthy; Dolores McCarthy; Patricia McCarthy Francik; Katherine McCarthy Burns; infant twin brothers; and most recently by a daughter, Kelly Chalker-Verdekal on April 1, 2016.
May she now rest in the arms of our Saviour with all those who have gone on before her.
Due to the current health crisis, there will be no formal visitation at this time. Interment will be private and at the convenience of her family .
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to join a gathering of remembrance while celebrating Helena's life Saturday from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. at the family residence, 99 Stark Street, Hudson.
The John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc. of Wilkes-Barre are honored to care for our friend Ms. Chalker and her family at this time.
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