Helen M. Yakubik, 94, passed away on July 15, 2021 at Genesis Hospital in Zanesville, OH with family by her side after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Helen was born in Harriette, OH, a coal-mining hollow, on June 20, 1927 to the late Jacob and Mary (Fialka) Killiany.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Andrew of 67 years, son Bryan J., grandson Nicholas A., one brother, John and two sisters Julia Manning and Anna Slifko.
Helen is survived by her loving children: Christine (James) Schwamel, Andrea Yakubik, Andrew (Carol) Yakubik, Aaron (Teresa) Yakubik, and Cal (Michele) Yakubik. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren Mark (April) Schwamel, Michael (Holly) Schwamel, Steve (Tammy) Yakubik, David Yakubik, Kevin (Kinsey) Schwamel, Rachel (Thomas) Velto, and Jerod Yakubik, as well as 10 great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Alexandra, Riley, Chase, Damien, Easton, Evelyn, Auden, Emerson, Aisla and one step great-grandson TJ, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Helen was a graduate of the former Community High School (Trail Run), a former employee of Cambridge Pottery, Cambridge Glass, RCA, and retired from NCR after 27 years. She was a member of the former Holy Trinity Church and its Catholic Women’s Club in Byesville, OH and then Christ Our Light Parish in Cambridge, OH. She was proud of her Slovak heritage and was a fabulous cook providing delicious ethnic family and holiday meals for her family. If you dropped in at mealtime, there was always room for one more at her dining room table. Her specialty was baking, especially Slovak nut rolls and kolaches, meringue pies, sponge cakes and cookies for her grandchildren. She never used a recipe and was of the school of “a pinch of this and a handful of that.”
Even while working and caring for her family, she was never idle. She loved her home and would tackle any improvement/repair project no matter how difficult. She had many vegetable and flower gardens and enjoyed canning. Helen spent her retirement years traveling, especially vacations at the beach and mountains, trips to Amish Country and casinos, playing bingo, and volunteering with the Claysville Homemakers Club. She also enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians, but her favorite activity was attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, especially baseball. She loved animals and never turned away a stray cat or dog. She will be dearly missed and forever in her family’s memory.
Helen’s family would like to thank the staff at The Beckett House in New Concord for their care of Helen and the comfort they provided during her final years. We also extend special appreciation to her best friend there, Anna Lou.
Family and friends may call from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday at Black-Epperson Funeral Home in Byesville, and 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Christ Our Light Parish, 701 Gomber Ave., Cambridge, OH with a Mass of Christian burial immediately following at 12:00 PM, with Fr. Robert Borer and Fr. Paul Hrezo officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cambridge.
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