Helena Amelia (Werner) Kirk
LEWISTOWN – Helena Amelia (Werner) Kirk, 92, went peacefully in her sleep to join her loving husband, David Carl Kirk, on March 8, 2014.
Born on Wednesday, June 1, 1921, in Hanover, she was the eldest child of Dora and John Werner with four brothers following: Sterling (wife Dolly), Earl (wife Frances), John (wife Mary) and Charles (wife Jamie).
Raised on the family farm in Pleasant Hills, she was given the responsibilities of helping her mother care for her siblings and home and also assisting her father with the farm animals and fields.
When World War II began it was a major step for Helena to leave the security of her family and head to Baltimore to join other women laboring on the factory lines assembling aircraft. It was a life changing adventure for a young farm girl.
After the war, she met and later married a young veteran, David Carl “Hank” Kirk, on Nov. 9, 1946, in Hanover. Their children, Carl Franklin (Julie Bell) Kirk, Sandra Amelia (Joseph H) Dunmire, Alesia (Ed) Snyder and John (Debbie Tompkins) Kirk, were raised in Hanover, Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington, Pa.
Grandchildren are: Matthew (Stacey) Kirk and Minda Kay (Mark) Murray to Carl and Julie; Lenia Ruth Rexrode and Aaron Blue Snyder to Alesia and Ed; Cassi Amelia Dunmire, Enid Faye (Luke) Dunmire-Swinson and Andrew Joseph (Melinda) Dunmire to Sandi and Joe; Desiree Miller to John and Debbie.
Great-grandchildren include: Evan, Andrew and Sarah Kirk; Hayden and Kaleb Murray; Amelia Jane Gondek; Gianina Reid, Farin and Rowan Rexrode; Lydia Mae Dunmire; Nicholas and Trevor.
Helena lived a productive and vital life devoted to family, church, community, friends and enjoyed a loyal following of four-legged fans.
She was a tireless warrior who thrilled to the competition of bowling, cards, and board games in which no quarter was given. She took pleasure in sewing and quilting. She supported the arts though the Community Concert Programs, the Stone Arch Players and the Cleveland Music Hall. She encouraged the youth of the McVeytown Presbyterian Church to excel in their endeavors. She was a voracious reader who relied heavily on the Mifflin County Library and poured countless hours into the Hospital Volunteer Program. This same focused love and passion was dedicated to her family.
Mom – Grandma – Helena we will miss you dearly. Our only consolation is knowing that your beliefs have taken you to a better place.
Funeral arrangements are with Harshbarger Funeral Home in McVeytown.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the McVeytown Presbyterian Church, 5 N. Queen St. McVeytown. Please come to meet Helena’s family at 10 a.m. and for a luncheon after the service.