In Loving Memory of Helen Dende

Helen Dende

Helen Dende

Scranton, PA November 14, 1927 ~ January 20, 2018 Date of Service: January 27, 2018

Helen Dende, 90, of Scranton, died Saturday at St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst. Her husband, the late Frank Dende died February 18, 2014. The couple had been married for 65 years.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Catherine Pendelak Kotchik and was a graduate of West Scranton High School. She was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish, South Scranton.

She enjoyed polka dancing, gardening, crocheting and knitting. She was an amazing cook and was known for her homemade halupki and pierogies. She loved hosting family holiday gatherings and enjoyed taking trips to Atlantic City and visiting the casinos.  She was the center of her family’s unit and raised, guided, educated and loved them. She was a wonderful daughter, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Robert Kaville and the staff at St. Mary’s Villa for all of their care and compassion.

Surviving are children; Gregory Dende and wife Arlene, Lansing, NY., Donna Spealman and husband Alan, Kensington, MD, Frank Dende, Scranton and Debra Wanyo and husband A.J., Shillington, Pa. Grandchildren; Michael Dende and wife Laura, Jeffrey Dende, Kristin, Brendan and Scott Spealman, Zachary Dende, Alys Sweimler and husband Douglas and Christopher Wanyo. Great grandchildren; Aiden Spealman, Landon Bartels, Mason and Layna Dende.

A sister; Sophie Karlik, Syracuse, NY.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore with Mass at 9:30 A.M. in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church at St. Paul of the Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave. South Scranton.

Interment,  Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Cemetery, Scranton.

Friends may call Friday from 5-8pm

Arrangements by John  L. Chipak, Funeral Director.

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Theresa Butchkavitz
Posts: 4
Reply #4 on : Mon January 29, 2018, 09:37:43
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family. It's never easy when a love one leaves us but thoughts of her in heaven with other loved ones help. Helen was my favorite aunt, who always had a way of making you smile. Her sense of humor and laugh had an infectious effect on people. I will miss visiting with her. Thoughts and prayers for her family. Hugs! Love you Aunt Helen!
Kathy Newell
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Reply #3 on : Fri January 26, 2018, 08:51:23
The family is in our prayers as they say good bye. Aunt Helen was my favorite Aunt, full of life, laughter and good advice. She will always be remembered fondly. Her hugs were the best and her meals wonderful. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. Love you Aunt Helen.
Brian Kotchick
Posts: 4
My Condolences to the Dende Family
Reply #2 on : Wed January 24, 2018, 19:10:51
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Dende family. Aunt Helen was always very kind to me when I was growing up and I’m sure you’ll miss her profoundly. I hope you can take solace in knowing that heaven just added a new shining star.
Theresa Howell
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Reply #1 on : Wed January 24, 2018, 14:33:09
Dear Dende Family,

May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.

Theresa Howell