Helen Theresa Diamond, 93, passed away peacefully at the Little Sisters of the Poor, Holy Family Residence, in Scranton, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. She was surrounded by family and the Little Sisters with much love and prayers. She was a lifelong resident of Scranton. Born on March 27, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Antonina Czerwinska Blakiewicz.
She worked as a seamstress for more than 20 years and was a member of the I.L.G.W. She attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and Legion of Mary. Helen donated many hours to the church and school fund raisers. She was well known for her cabbage rolls and piorigis. She was a tireless worker and would cook, clean and iron for family members and friends. This was her way of showing love and helping anyone in need. She was the patriarch of the family; always hosting dinners and cooking everyone’s favorite meals when they visited. She loved her family.
Helen was very devout in her faith and after a mild stroke left her incapable of caring for herself she entered Holy Family Residence in February, 2001. This was her home for the last 14 years and she thrived. She absolutely adored all the Little Sisters and the entire staff and they adored her. She went to chapel every day and said prayers and the Rosary. She was a true woman of faith.
She was married to the late Joseph G. Diamond, Sr., on May 24, 1941. They had 31 wonderful years together before he died on April 21, 1975. They had two loving children.
She is survived by her son Joseph G., Jr. and his wife Carlyn of Easton, MD and daughter Judy Gafney and her husband Leo of Lakeville, CT; sisters Ceil Ulrich of New Port Richey, FL and Alice Davis of Edgewater, FL; grandchildren Lisa Ridgeway, Robin Miller, Danielle Moore, Julie Gafney, and Emily Gafney; 9 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Sandie Wollaston; brothers Alexander, Anthony, Stanley, and Walter; sisters Mary Preitz and Charlotte Shubert.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30am in the Chapel at Holy Family Residence Chapel 2500 Adams Ave. Scranton.
Friends may call Friday from 4-7pm in the Maloney Lounge of the Holy Family Residence.
Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, Holy Family Residence 2500 Adams Ave. Scranton, PA 18509.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton