Helen Sokol, 85 of Greenville, Pa., died January 3, 2014, at the Palace Adult Living Center in Rockledge, Florida.

She was a member Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Mercer, Pa.

Helen was born June 4, 1928, in Washington, Pa., Hospital to John and Catherine Knutich Smiglsky. She was married to Edward T. Sokol on Nov. 8, 1950.

She received her R.N. degree from the Washington Hospital School of Nursing.
Helen went on to have a productive career. Beginning at the Washington Hospital, on to John J. Kane Hospital in Pittsburgh, where not only was Helen an excellent nurse, she provided the much needed skill of translating to English the needs of many of the Eastern European immigrant patients.

She rose to the position of Head Nurse at the Pittsburgh, Pa., UPMC South Side Hospital Association where she was respected and loved. She did retire for awhile, then went to work with the State of Pennsylvania Bureau of Corrections at State Correctional Institution of Mercer and retired from there.

Helen also worked at the Old County Nursing Home in Mercer, Pa. She never liked to sit still. She had many hobbies: her beloved dogs, cooking, baking, candy making, pottery, painting, sewing, crochet, embroidery.

She loved to be involved with church activities, travel, gardening, board games and target shooting and she enjoyed doing wheelies on her 175 Suzuki as a young mother with her sons.

She and Edward owned the Sandy Lake Motel, The Lake View Inn Restaurant and The Ontario Machine and Manufacturing Co. in Ontario, Pa.

They opened their home to create a Group Home for the elderly.

Together they were avid square dancers. They loved their vacation home in Cook's Forest, Pa.

The family includes sons Dr. Richard T. Sokol and wife Leroya of Marion, and Edward T. Sokol Jr. of Fredonia, Pa.; granddaughters Noreen Sokol Cantrell and Darrell Kirk of Marion, Sabrina and husband Anthony Robertson and Jessica and husband Justin Gibbs, all of Murphysboro; five great-grandchildren, Megan, Michael and Amanda Cantrell and Avery and Devin Robertson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother Joseph Smiglsky of Bentlyville, Pa., sisters Mary Cursi of Washington, Pa., and Ann Smolinski of Beaver, Pa.

She will be dearly missed. We would like to express our gratitude to the loving staff at The Palace Retirement Center and to Wuesthoff Hospice of Rockledge Florida.