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Helen Yanacek

August 25, 1920 - December 9, 2017

Helen Yanacek, age 97, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 9, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Tresckow, Pennsylvania on August 25, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Mary (Zapach) Davidovich. Helen was a talented homemaker, who devoted her life to caring for her family.

A devout catholic, she was a member of Holy Spirit R.C. Church since 1955, where she attended mass daily and helped clean the church for 26 years. Food Network’s biggest fan, Helen was a passionate foodie that enjoyed cooking. She also loved animals and playing bingo.

In addition to her parents, Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Yanacek; 5 brothers; 3 sisters; granddaughter, Theresa Bradley; and daughter in law, Margaret Yanacek. She is survived by her children, James Yanacek of Deal Island, MD, Darlene Bowe (James) of Wilmington, Ronald Yanacek (Dorothy) of Wilmington, and Gary Yanacek (Michelle) of Newark; 13 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday morning, December 15, 2017 from 11 am until 12 pm at Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, Garfield Park, New Castle, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12 pm. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s name to Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, New Castle, DE 19720.

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  • We’re so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort give you the strength to endure. Thinking of you all and wishing you much peace and love. 2 Corinthians 1:3 & 4

  • My condolences to the family. I met Helen through a dear friend of mine, her daughter Darlene. Helen was such a cheerful lady. I enjoyed our visits to see her. She will be sadly missed by all. May you rest in peace Helen.

  • Sorry about the loss of your mother. Our deepest sympathy to all the family. May God Bless you all.Sincerely Larry & Denise. Rest in peace Aunt Helen

  • I was at Holy spirit church from 73 to 76. Helen much for the parish. I recall how she kept the sacristy in order and the vestments clean and well pressed. A devotion of love. She was gracious, kind, and humble lady of wisdom without boasting. I have prayed and said a Mass or two in memory of her life. Sympathy to the family.