HARSAN, Helen Patricia Gosztyla, 90, of Benwood, beloved wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died peacefully Tuesday, October 14, 2008 in Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheeling, with her daughter and son by her side.
Helen was born February 4, 1918 in Wheeling, a daughter of the late Joseph P. and Anna Borak Gosztyla. She was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church, Benwood; the Rosary Altar Society at St. Johns; the Catholic Daughters of America and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a former employee of Wheeling Stamping and enjoyed gardening.
In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph P. Harsan; two brothers, Frank and Walter Gosztyla; and a sister-in-law, Mary Harsan Zilka.
Helen is survived by her son, John “Jack” Harsan of Wheeling/Benwood; her daughter, Jolene Petras of Broomall, Pa.; four sisters, Nellie Yourkovich, Mary Tysko and Virginia Ryan, all of Wheeling, and Josephine Stephens of Scottsdale, Ariz.; four grandchildren; Lori Ann Carano Bill of Broomall, Pa., Richard Petras, II Dorraine of Santa Clarita, Calif., Ronald Petras Kristina of Coatesville, Pa., and Randall Petras Debra of Douglassville, Pa.; eleven great-grandchildren, Richard III, Katie, Julia and Michael Petras, Billy and Krista Carano, Anthony, Steven, Robert and Joseph Petras, and R.J. Petras; and several loving nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from and 2-4 and 6-9 pm, Friday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 3 pm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am, Saturday, October 18, 2008 at St. Johns Catholic Church, Benwood, with the Rev. Joseph Hayden, S.J. as celebrant. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.