Helen Lonchena, 93, of Butler passed peacefully early Sunday morning, spending her last days surrounded by her family. She lived through more than her share of trials and tribulations. Despite all hardships, she lived a life filled with unwavering strength, faith for our Lord, and love for her children, Paul and Debra. Born July 23, 1923, she was a devoted grandmother, filling our childhoods with swimming lessons, trips to the library and a never-ending supply of homemade Play-Doh and pierogies. She was a beloved aunt and sister, always expressing her gratitude and appreciation for the company of her niece, Karen; and her brother, George, and his wife, Barbara. Helen believed that "it will all work out in the end," and laid proof to that belief in passing quietly in the night, surrounded by love that she brought into this world. We will remember our grandmother for her inner strength and her commitment to her family. We are blessed in being able to spend so much of our lifetimes with her. She will always be loved. She is survived by her children, Paul and Debra Lonchena; her grandchildren, Brandy Lonchena, Daniel Lonchena and Tiffany Romantino; their spouses, Marsha Lonchena (Paul), Julie Lonchena (Daniel) and Eric Romantino (Tiffany); her great-grandchildren, Dean and Ivan Lonchena; her brother, George, and his wife, Barbara; and several nieces and nephews. LONCHENA - Friends of Helen Lonchena, who died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler. A parastas service will be at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 21 Evergreen St., Lyndora. The Rev. Paisius McGrath, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Butler. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.geibelfuneralhome.com .
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