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October 27, 2013

Helen Mamrak Archacki

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Helen Katherine Mamrak Archacki, a life-long resident of Cambridge Springs, passed away peacefully on Oct. 25, 2013 after successfully outliving Alzheimer’s since 2001.

She was born in Braddock, on Sept. 19, 1918, as the daughter of the late Elmer and Anna  Demko Mamrak.

Helen was a 1936 graduate of Cambridge Springs High School. Upon graduation, Helen was employed for several summer seasons as a maid at the Riverside Inn. Her later employment, after many years as a devoted housewife and mother, was the main cook for 20 years for the 60 residents at the former San Rosario Nursing Home from 1963 to 1983.

Besides being a loving mother, Helen was an active member and prominent citizen of the Cambridge Springs community. She was a devout member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church her entire life and epitomized service to God and family. For decades, she tirelessly ironed all of the alter linens, cleaned the church, and helped continue the storied tradition of St. Anthony’s Ladies Aid Society.

In addition, during her later years, she served as a weekly lector at Sunday mass. Helen’s central daily focus of living throughout her entire life was the unconditional love, support, and enjoyment of her parents, husband, children, grand-children, great-grandchildren, and her “house on the hill.”

Additionally, Helen was involved for years in several community and social organizations in Cambridge Springs: the Gam-Sac-Mah Women’s Service Club, Naphtha Dance Club, and the Beverly Home Auxiliary. Her hobbies, personal and religious interests, included flower gardening, sewing, fresh garden vegetable canning, strawberry jam making, monthly 500 card playing, golfing and dancing with her husband, reading, baking, and daily rosary devotion.

Many hold fond memories of Helen’s delicious home-made fruit pies provided for the Cambridge Springs Firemen’s Festival for decades for the “pie tent.” 

On July 18, 1942, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Helen married Carl Frank Archacki, who preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 2003, after 61 years of marriage.

She is survived by three daughters, Marcia Rice and her husband, Bob, of Mansfield, Ohio, Linda McElhinny and her husband, George, of Cambridge Springs; Betty “B” Kondzielski and her husband, Donald, of Richmond, Va.; and a son, Carl Leonard Archacki of Richmond, Va.; three grandsons, Patrick McElhinny and his wife, Michelle, of Cambridge Springs, Ryan McElhinny and his wife, Maria, of Boardman, Ohio, and Roland Deuschle and his wife, Sabrina, of Spring Lake, N.C.;  a granddaughter, Reneta Music and her husband, Gary, of Shelby, Ohio; seven great-grandchildren, Michael and Alexander McElhinny of Cambridge Springs, Tyler and Trinity Potts of Shelby, Ohio, and Christina, Bethany, and Abigail Deuschle of Spring Lake, N.C; a brother, Ralph Mamrak and his wife, Joan, of Darby, Fla.; and a sister, Anna Novak and her husband, Bernard, of Linden, N.J.; plus many nieces and nephews and their families.

Two brothers preceded Helen in death, Elmer Mamrak of Edinboro, in September of 2008, and Joseph Mamrak of St. Mary’s in December of 2008.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects to Helen at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 335 Venango Avenue, Cambridge Springs, Pa. 16403, today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Vigil prayer services will be held this evening at 8:30 p.m.

On Tuesday morning, all are invited to a Catholic prayer service at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. David L. Poulson presiding. Christian Burial will follow at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Crossingville. Following burial, all are invited to return for a luncheon celebrating Helen’s life at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall in Cambridge Springs.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church,165 Beach Ave., Cambridge Springs, Pa. 16403 or the Cambridge Springs Public Library, 158 McClellan St., Cambridge Springs, Pa. 16403.

To send condolences, please visit vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

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