Helen Rebernik Skarbez, of Vandling and recently of Browndale, passed away on Sunday January 26th of natural causes at the age of 97. Her husband Edmund, died in 1998; the couple had been married for 48 years.
Born in Browndale, daughter of the late Joseph and Bertha Rozic Rebernik, she attended school in Vandling, and was a member of Ascension Parish, Forest City. She worked in the local garment industry and devoted her life to caring for her family. Helen enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, crocheting, and quilting.
The family would like to thank Carol Gamalia and Sandy Ravnikar for their compassionate and loving care through Sinclair Home Health for the last four years.
She is survived by her sons: Edmund Skarbez and special friend Mary Hubal; Thomas Skarbez and wife Joan, of Browndale; a sister: Albina Butts, Green Brook, NJ; three grandchildren: Richard Skarbez, Melbourne, Australia; Kathryn Skarbez and husband Brian Demers, Granby, MA; Jason Skarbez and wife Erin, Mayfield; Helen’s great grandson Luke Skarbez; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers: Joseph, Edward, Albert, and Stanley Rebernik; five sisters: Mary Shuma; Bertha Heuer; Cecelia Loyal; Angeline Debevec; and Margaret O’Malley.
The funeral will be Thursday, January 30th with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in St. Joseph’s Church, Delaware St., Forest City, to be celebrated by Rev. Stephen Krawontka, Pastor. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Forest City. Friends may call Wednesday, from 4 to 7 pm at the Jones & Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main Street, Forest City; and on Thursday morning at the church from 9 am until mass time.
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