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Helen Gowisnok

Sunday, August 28, 1927Thursday, March 21, 2019

Helen Gowisnok, 91, formerly of Watkins Street, Swoyersville, passed into eternal life on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Timber Ridge Health Care Center, Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by her loving family.

Her beloved husband was the late John F. Gowisnok, who passed away on September 17, 1973. Together, John and Helen shared 26 wonderful years of marriage.

Born on August 28, 1927, in Kingston, Helen was one of eleven children born to the late Anthony and Veronica (Zukowsky) Waskiewicz.

Prior to her retirement, Helen was employed as a seamstress by the former United Pants Factory, Swoyersville.

Helen was a faithful Catholic and a longtime member of the former Saint Mary of Czestochowa Church, Swoyersville. Following the consolidation of her church, she became a member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville. Additionally, Helen was a member of the Moose Lodge 1207, West Pittston.

In addition to her parents, Anthony and Veronica Waskiewicz, and her husband, John, Helen was preceded in death by her brothers, Anthony, Frank, and Stanley Waskiewicz; and her sisters, Regina Frohman, Ann Shivy, Marion Sheply, Dorothy Priem, Geraldine Miles, and Stella Klaips.

Helen is survived by her loving daughters, Janet Walsh and her husband, John, Kingston; and Nancy Gaughan, Courtdale; her son-in-law, James Gaughan, Matthews, North Carolina; her six grandchildren, Kristen Wootton and her husband, Allen; Josh Walsh; Kelly Walsh; Johnny Walsh; Jeff Gaughan and his wife, Kaitlyn; and Dan Gaughan; her three great-grandchildren, Ashton Wootton, Nora Gaughan, and Ellie Gaughan; her sister, Josephine Podolsky, Kingston; and generations of nieces and nephews.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 9:30 AM, from the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville, with the Reverend Joseph J. Pisaneschi, her Pastor, officiating.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton.

Family and Friends are invited to Helen’s viewing which will be held on Monday, March 25, 2019, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the funeral home.

For additional information or to send Helen’s family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home’s website,, or Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s memory to the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 East Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18702; or to the American Red Cross - Eastern PA Region, 2221 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.


Service Date
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 10:45am

A viewing for Helen will be held on Monday, March 25, 2019, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

The funeral service will begin on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 9:30 AM at the funeral home. Those relatives and friends who will be joining in the funeral procession are asked to assemble at the funeral home between 9:00 and 9:15 AM on Tuesday morning.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 AM at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. The Reverend Joseph J. Pisaneschi, Pastor, will serve as celebrant.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton.

Following the Service, the family would like all those in attendance to join them for a luncheon. Details will be announced at the cemetery.



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I'm sorry for your and your family's loss Nancy. May she rest in peace. God Bless. Jackie Byczek
Nancy and Janet, so sorry to see your Mom's passing. It's never easy to lose our parents, no matter what age. She was just a nice woman, I have fond memories of her. My sympathies to you are your families. Martha DeMarco
Dear Janet, John and Family, Sending Deepest Sympathies to all of you. She will rest forever now with her husband John and watch after all of you. You were all blessed to have her in your life for so long. Such a beautiful picture of her. With Love, Donna and Sal Aulisio

Just a heartfelt thank you for your sincere care and kindness in helping us journey our Wife, Mom, and Grandmother home to the Lord. You made a difficult time much easier.