Helen B. Bonar, age 87, of the Hanover Section of Nanticoke, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Birchwood Healthcare, after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in Nanticoke, on May 7, 1933, she was the daughter of the late John and Helen Sopinski Chapura.
Helen attended Nanticoke schools and was a member of St. Faustina Parish and the former St. Joseph Church. She worked at McGregor Sportswear, where she met her husband, and, in later years, for American Greetings, although her enduring career was caring for her family. She leaves behind a legacy of lasting faith, unwavering love, and uncommon kindness to all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Leonard, John and Francis; sister, Irene Makara.
Helen is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert; sons, Robert and wife, Alice, Gilbertsville; Gary and wife, Donna, Zionsville; Daren and wife, Lisa, Hackettstown, NJ; Dale and wife, Debbie, Tampa, FL; grandchildren, Jennifer (Matthew), Jeffrey, Lauren, Maia, Adam, Lindsey and Mia; great-grandchildren, Lydia and Edith; sister, Theresa Koloski, Nanticoke; nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
Helen’s family wishes to thank the nurses, therapists, and staff at Birchwood and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their persistent and compassionate care throughout her illness.
Due to the current pandemic situation, the family has chosen to have a private funeral service. Helen will be laid to rest in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Glen Lyon. Arrangements are by Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 173 E Green St, Nanticoke.
Should you wish to make a donation in Helen’s memory, please consider an Alzheimer charity or Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Unit #7, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Uncle Bob, Dale and Darren and family: I am so sorry to hear about the passing of "Chuchi" Helen. She was a beautiful part of so many childhood memories and I was honored to have her be a part of the lives of my children. You're in my thoughts and prayers and I'm certain my mother was waiting with open arms for her lifelong friend.Maura (Storosko) Johnson (3 months ago)
Bob and family: we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Helen. We haven’t seen Helen since the quarantine at Birchwood, but we always enjoyed supper time at Birchwood when you would feed Helen and we would feed Larry. (Larry passed away on June 14.) Unfortunately both Larry and Helen suffered from that horrible disease of dementia. They both missed out on so many memories that happened in our families. But because of their love and belief in Jesus, they are both enjoying heaven right now, dementia free! Please accept our condolences. Denise, Elissa, and Sarah EvansDenise Evans (3 months ago)