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Helen Markel

Helen Markel (Dutko)

Friday, June 17th, 1932 - Monday, July 20th, 2020
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Helen (Dutko) Markel, 88, of Penn Run died Monday evening, July 20, 2020 at her home with her family by her side. Born in Johnstown, June 17, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Peter Dutko and Mary (Zuzulia) Dutko. She was the widow of Frank Markel who died August 18, 1999.

Helen was well known in the Penn Run area where she owned and operated Markel’s Greenhouse from 1963 through 1987. She also worked as a custodian for 12 years at the Penn Run Post Office.

She always kept busy, canning, doing crafts and working in her gardens and caring for her family. Helen volunteered at Red Cross blood drives where she also donated 9 gallons of blood over the years. She was inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame in 2013 and was active with the Cherryhill Township Ladies Auxiliary where she served as vice president.

Helen is sadly missed by her children: Larry Markel (Rose); Kathy Porter (Dennis) and Sandy Silvis (Danny), all of Penn Run. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and three siblings: Margaret Hosack, Indiana; Barbara Bomba, Johnstown and Charles Richards (Theresa), Washington County. Other survivors include her former daughter-in-law, Charlene (Markel) Wyno, Dallas, PA and by her many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by her son, Francis Markel; sister, Mary Miner; and brothers, Phillip and Eugene Dutko.

Friends will be received Friday, July 24, 2020 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM the time of the funeral service at the Barkley Wesleyan Methodist Church, Ridge Road, Homer City. Following cremation at Rairigh-Bence Crematory, final disposition will be held at the convenience of the Markel Family. The Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home of Indiana is assisting with the service arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the Cherryhill Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Online condolences may be offered at: www.rbfh.net.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Barkley Wesleyan Methodist Church
    Address
    Ridge Road
    Buffington Twp., PA 15748
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  • Service

    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Barkley Wesleyan Methodist Church
    Address
    Ridge Road
    Buffington Twp., PA 15748
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Jeff Markel

Posted at 09:38am
Always enjoyed visiting with Aunt Helen and Uncle Frank every year at the Greenhouse as a kid and always received a tomato plant from them every year. Visited other times as well! Aunt Helen was always welcoming and such a sweet wonderful soul! Will miss her so. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. She will forever be in our hearts. Soar high Aunt Helen with all the other Angels! RIP, Love always, your nephew, Jeff Markel.

Beth Pardee

Posted at 12:26pm
There are many kind stories to tell about Helen but I would like to share this one. I moved to Penn Run in 1981. I was anxious to plant flowers in the front yard. Too anxious and they froze. Helen came over with many Martha Washington geraniums to replant my flower bed. They were beautiful. I learned not to plant my flowers so early and what a dear person Helen was. My sympathy in Helen's passing and what a dear lady.
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724-349-2000 Rairigh - Bence Funeral Home, Inc. of Indiana
965 Philadelphia St
Indiana, PA 15701-3935
Email: rairighfd@gmail.com
724-349-2000 Rairigh - Bence Funeral Home, Inc. of Indiana
965 Philadelphia St
Indiana, PA 15701-3935
Email: rairighfd@gmail.com