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Helen Marie Jerko

Helen Marie Jerko passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Penn Highlands Jefferson Manor in Brookville, PA.


Helen was born on August 22, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the daughter of Martin and Anna Kendra.


She was married on August 17, 1946, to Delmas John Jerko, of Punxsutawney who passed away on September 21, 1993. She was a member of Saint Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church, Punxsutawney. Helen’s working career began during World War II at the Air Maze Company in Cleveland, Ohio taking care of shipping orders and making air filters. After her marriage she was a homemaker and found fulfillment volunteering as a Helping Hand at the Punxsutawney Hospital for many years. In her younger days, she belonged to the Alter Rosary Society at Saints Cosmos and Damian Church. Helen took pride in keeping her home spotless. She was very meticulous about her dress and appearance. She enjoyed going for walks around the neighborhood two times a day, listening to polka music and songs sung by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. She also found pleasure watching and feeding the birds in her yard as well as growing flowers on her back porch and in her garden.


Helen is survived by three daughters, Elaine Gearhart and husband Roland, Janice Meehan and husband Richard, of Punxsutawney, and Colleen Means of Valier, two sons Thomas and wife Katie of Indiana, and Dennis Jerko of Punxsutawney, two grandsons Christopher Meehan and Michael Jerko, two great-grandchildren Sean and Abby Meehan of Shippensburg, PA and one sister, Irene Martino of Punxsutawney.


Helen was preceded in death by her parents, who had immigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia in their teenage years; her husband Delmas, of 47 years; three brothers Martin, Albert, and Carl Kendra; three sisters Cecelia Neff, Margaret Denull, and Martha Pape; and two infant sisters.


Friends will be received on Tuesday from 3 to 6 PM at the McCabe Funeral Home Inc., 114 Maple Ave., Punxsutawney, PA. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday with a time to be announced.