Obituaries » Helene Loftus
October 20, 2020
Helene (White) Loftus
October 20, 2020
Helene (White) Loftus, 88, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2020, at Allied Services, Meade Street. Born on August 6, 1932 in Wilkes-Barre, Helene was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Furgo White. Her husband of 66 years, Charles, preceded her in death earlier in 2020.
Helene graduated from Coughlin High School in 1950, where she cultivated many friendships and enjoyed social activities and dances. After she fell in love with Charlie, whom she met while she was working at her family’s restaurant, she began her married life as a homemaker, devoting herself to raising her girls Linda and Mary Ellen (and cats) with love and humor. She later dedicated many years to working at Lazarus Department Store, where she delighted in the fashions and worked the glove counter. Helene and Charlie had many lifelong friends with whom they shared some competitive card games and fierce political debates. She loved to laugh and listen to music. She also enjoyed dressing up and going out to dinner with her husband for lobster tails, or maybe for a piece of Angelo’s pizza.
As her family grew, her married children and grandchildren always looked forward to congregating every Sunday “at Grandma’s house” for plates of her world famous spaghetti with homemade sauce. Helene loved and lived to cook for her family. The more the merrier was her feeling when it came to squeezing people into her cozy kitchen, and she would lend an ear and say “fiddle-dee-dee” when her family and friends came to her with any problems that pasta couldn’t solve.
Helene exhibited daily her compassion for all of God’s creatures. She was a friend to every squirrel and bird that stopped by for a meal. Helene rescued and gave a home (and lots of food) to countless feline friends, and she instilled in her family a love and respect for all things fur and feather.
She was extremely proud of her two children, five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. She was so proud of them, and she enjoyed stories of school, sports, and pets. Her love for them was rivaled only by the care and devotion she had for Charlie, her husband of 66 years.
Helene was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Alice White, Dolores Petro (and her husband Carl), and Louise Meyers (and her husband Harry).
Helene is survived by her children – Linda and her husband Robert Desciak, Wilkes-Barre; Mary Ellen and her husband Carl Konetski, Ashley; grandchildren Atty Jamie (Desciak) and her husband Atty Michael Zogby, Morristown, NJ, Dr. Matthew Desciak and his wife Laura, Dallas, Pa, Dr. Michael Desciak and his wife Sarah, Pittsburgh, Dr. Dina (Konetski)and her husband Robert Becker, Philadelphia, Atty Nicholas Konetski and his wife, Dr. Julie (Willenkin), Harrisburg; and her seven great-grandchildren – Julia and Allison Desciak, Charles, Ellery, and Margot Zogby, Aurora Konetski, and Madison Becker.
The family would like to thank the staff of Allied Services, Meade Street and Dr. Patrick Kerrigan for their love, kindness, and excellent care for Helene. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre. Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects in the Church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. The Mass is open to the public observing Covid 19 guidelines. The Reverend Joseph Verespy, Pastor, will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Helene’s name to Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Rd, Dallas, Pa 18612.
Condolences may be sent by visiting Helene’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com