Helen Nekolek, 93, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2022, at Peppi's House TMC Hospice in Tucson, Arizona.
She was born in New York, New York to George and Anna Bittner, she is preceded in death by her parents; her brother-in-law, George Herko; and her husband, Walter Nekolek.
She is survived by her children, Stephen (Laura) Nekolek and MaryAnn (Joseph) Drella; seven granddaughters who knew her as Baba; Jessica Drella, Emily (Teddy) Cleveland, Rebecca (Bryan) Reynolds, Ammi (Nathan) Hardcastle, Sarah Drella, Erin Nekolek and Rachel Drella; two great grandchildren, Judah and Aurora; her sister, Anna Herko, and four nieces, Marion (Charles) Peles, Patricia (Joseph) Romano, Gail (Bob) Chirlin, and Barbara (Tony) Chelpaty.
Helen raised her children and lived in Yonkers, New York, until she moved to Tucson in 2014. She was a faithful member of St. Nicholas Carpatho Russian Orthodox Church in New York, New York; St. Mary’s Carpatho Russian Orthodox Church in Yonkers, New York; and Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Tucson, Arizona.
Visitation will be on Friday, September 9, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Angel Valley Funeral Home, 2545 North Tucson Boulevard in Tucson, Arizona, with a Trisagion Service at 6 p.m.