Helen E. Cleri Yencsik, 96, of Lynnwood, Belle Vernon, died Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 7:31 am in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 30, 1923 in Newell. A daughter of the late Thomas Cleri Sr. and Mary Martha Buntz Cleri. Helen was a 1941 graduate of Brownsville High School and 1944 graduate of the Brownsville General Hospital School of Nursing. She was a WWII Navy Veteran having served 16 months as an Ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps. She was a member of St. Sebastian RC Church in Belle Vernon.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she dedicated her life to family. On January 21, 1947 she married Andrew J. Yencsik who preceded her in death on September 13, 2003.
Surviving are her eight children and 17 grandchildren Ronald A. Yencsik and wife Karen of Emlenton and children Laura and Peter Yencsik; Kathryn J. Baldauf and her husband David of Lakewood Ranch Florida and children Dr. Jennifer Swanson (John) Freeman and Gregory Swanson; Edward M. Yencsik of Lynnwood; David T. Yencsik and wife Robyn of Washington, PA and their children David and Carleigh; Robert A. Yencsik of Pittsburgh and his son Robert (Courtney); Diane E. Hepple and husband Mike of Belle Vernon and their daughter Megan (Chris) McCormick; Linda Hines and husband Kent of Hermitage and their children Katie (Chad) Folsom, Ashley (Dan) Tonini, Christopher; Mary A. Gauden of Belle Vernon and her children, Jesse (Aubree), Emily (Brenton) Tokay, Katie, Molly, Max and nine great grandchildren Collin and Sophia Freeman, Abigail Yencsik, Alexis, Rylee, Kasey McCormick, Grayson, Luke, and Wes Folsom and two more on the way. Also surviving are her sister, Betty Battaglia of California, Pa and brother Thomas Cleri of Uniontown and several nieces and nephews.
Also deceased in addition to her parents and husband are a grandson Michael A. Hepple, sisters Margaret Danna, Minnie Mathison, and brothers Thomas Cleri Jr. and Robert Cleri.
“Good Night, God Bless You, See you Tomorrow”
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 7-9 PM and Thursday from 2-4 & 7- 9 PM at the Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations LLC, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon 724-929-6183. Prayers of Transfer will be held at 9:15 AM in the funeral home followed by funeral mass at 10 AM at St. Sebastian R.C. Church with the Rev. Michael Crookston as celebrant. Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery with honors accorded with U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Members of St. Sebastian parish will pray the rosary for the departed soul of Helen Yencsik Thursday at 3 pm in the funeral home.
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