Helen Carr, 94, of Buck Run, passed into eternal life at home on Tuesday, December 22 in the arms of her son Tony. Born July 13th, 1926 in Buck Run, the proud daughter of Polish immigrants, the late Anthony Pytko and Helen (Gucwa) Pytko.
As a member of the Greatest Generation, she grew up during the Great Depression and World War II, truly learning to understand and appreciate the things in life that were most important and the value of hard work. Her and her husband had two sons that they loved and adored. Despite losing her husband at a young age, was able to keep her family sound and strong.
Before her marriage, she was a seamstress and in later years worked for Child Development, taking care of and being around children was something she always truly enjoyed. Appointed to the position of Foster Township Tax Collector in 1974, upon the death of her husband who held the position, she followed by then being elected to the position and then reelected five times, holding the office for 26 years until she retired in 2000.
A dedicated mother and grandmother who loved her children and grandchildren and was always surrounded by them. Loved by her family and friends and always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Kind hearted but never afraid to express what was on her mind. She always remembered those she loved.
A devoted Catholic who regularly attended mass and prayed the rosary, she was a member the Holy Family Parish in Minersville; the former Saint Stanislaus, New Minersville, Saint Kieran’s Hechscherville. She routinely gave to Catholic charities and others.
From her younger days on she enjoyed socializing and talking with friends, loved to dance the popular dances of her time and as a daughter of Polish immigrants, loved the polka. She taught the jitterbug at the Buck Run Community Hall and elsewhere and also taught her grandson Anthony how to play his first song on the piano.
Helen wanted to thank her family, her son Anthony who served her constant caregiver, and all who helped take care of her and wished them the Lord’s Blessing. “The people I loved the most were the people that were good to me, God Bless You”. She will be truly loved and missed by all who knew her and was someone who truly touched the lives of all who knew her.
She is survived by her two sons John and Anthony, along with John’s wife Eleanor (Kuperavage) Carr. She is also survived by her sister Rosalie (Pykto) Gelches and her husband Lawrence “Tex” Gelches, her sister Dolores (Pytko) Leister wife of the late Francis “Butchie” Leister. Her brother John Pytko, husband of the late Diane (Israel) Pytko. Several grandchildren; Brian Carr and his wife Melissa, Matthew Carr and his wife Katie, Patrick Carr, Anthony Carr Jr, Anna Carr Zurratt and her husband John, Shawn Carr, David Carr and his wife Hannah, and Serena Carr. Along with several great grandchildren; Blase Carr, Aidan Carr, Francesco Carr, Dante Carr, Karlie Carr, Jace Zuratt, John Zuratt Jr, and Tucker Carr. Along with many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents Tony and Helen Sr, she is preceded in death by her husband John Francis Carr IV, her sister-in-law Anna Mae Carr and her husband Michael “Lefty” Kondrosky. By four brothers; George Pytko and his wife Stella, Anthony Pytko and his wife Millie, Bernie Pytko and his wife Irene, and Stanley who lost his life as a fighter pilot in World War II. By three sisters; Lillian (Pytko) Reiff and her husband Victor Reiff, Sophie (Pykto) Kaczmar and her husband Stephen “Tichon” Kaczmar, and Mary “Mamie” (Pytko) Burns and her husband Jimmy Burns.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10AM on Tuesday by Rev. Jason Stokes in St. Matthew’s Church, 139 Spruce St.,, Minersville. Relatives and friends may call at the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home on Monday evening from 6 to 9 PM and on Tuesday morning from 7AM to 9:30 AM. Visiters are expected to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and masks.Interment will be in St. Kierans #2 cemetery, Llewellyn.
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