Helen Katherine Silay came into this world on March 24, 1922 at the family farm on Stancliff Road in McKean, Pennsylvania.
Born Helen Katherine Pennock to her parents Frank and Anna Hodanic Pennock, she attended the one room schoolhouse on Stancliff Road. She married Stephen Alexander Silay ('the nut man') of Erie in 1947 and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on November 8, 2012. Helen slipped away peacefully at her home on March 17, 2013 at the age of 90, just a week short of her 91st birthday. Attending to and caring for Helen during her final weeks here on earth were her devoted husband Stephen, and her loving niece Elizabeth and nephew Jack. She was also attended during the night by several very kind professional caregivers, with additional loving care provided by her home nurse, Pamela Heckler. Helen and Stephen ran Silay's Garage together for several decades; and Helen took care of the administration for that truck parts business, all the while working for the First National Bank of Erie for 31 years. They have been members of Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Erie since 1946. Besides her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her brothers Frank of Erie, Michael of McKean, and William of McKean and her sister, Mary Bebko of Erie. She is survived by her husband, Stephen; three sisters; Margaret Meeder of Hanover, Betty Hornyak (John) of Girard, Shirley Wilczewski (Joseph) of Millcreek; and two sisters-in-law, Marion Pennock of McKean and Helen Malena of Erie. She is further survived by her nephews, Dr. John Meeder of Meadville and Francis Silay of Union City; her niece, Elizabeth Hornyak Morrison (Michael) of Fairview; and long-time friends Phil and Sue Resitar, and Judy Gardner of Erie. Numerous nieces, nephews, their children and grandchildren also survive Helen. Helen enjoyed vacationing, sewing, baking, cooking, flower gardening, and collecting porcelain, glass, and kerosene lamps. Most of all, she enjoyed helping others to the very best of her ability. Rest in peace 'Marilyn'. God did good. ". . . the Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces." Isaiah 25:8 Friends are invited to call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 W. 38th St., Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Parastas service will be held at 4 p.m. There will be prayers for the deceased at the funeral home Saturday at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Requiem of Divine Liturgy at Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to Brugger Funeral Home, 1595 W 38th Street, Erie, Pa. or memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Erie, PA.
Erie Times-News on March 21, 2013 .
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