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Helen Ignar

September 11, 2016


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Helen Ignar

September 11, 2016


Helen Ignar, 91, formerly of Hill Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016, in the Golden Living Center-Summit, Wilkes-Barre.


She was born in Wilkes-Barre on May 13, 1925, a daughter of the late John and Antoinette Paczik Hajduga.  Helen was a graduate of Coughlin High School.  She was formerly employed in the local garment industry, having worked at the Coenfein dress factory, she was also employed as a hairdresser for Florence Daniel’s Hair Salon in Wilkes-Barre.


Helen was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.  She and her late husband were former part owners of the Wilkes-Barre Barons Basketball Team.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward A. Ignar in 2005.She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Leo and Chester Kaminski and John Hajduga and by her sisters, Stella Banik, Mary Kosiba and Genevieve Stempien.


Helen is survived by nieces and nephews, including Karen Keating and her husband, James, Mountaintop, Joseph Stempien and his wife, Eileen, Wilkes-Barre, and their children, Lee Ann and Lauren Stempien, Mary Ann Wilcox, MA, James Kosiba, MA and Michael Kosiba, ME.


Helen’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the Golden Living Center-Summit for the compassionate and loving care that they provided.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.  Interment will be St. Mary’s Maternity Cemetery, West Wyoming.


Friends attending the Funeral Mass are asked to go directly to the Church on Wednesday morning.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s memory to AseraCare Hospice, 1212 South Abington Road, Clarks Summit, PA  18411.


Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Helen’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com