Helen (Halya) Wesolowich of Philadelphia passed away peacefully at the Philadelphia Protestant Home on February 14, 2019.
Helen was born in Poltava, Ukraine on December 12, 1925 to Evdokia and Roman Shepel. Helen met her husband Gregory Wesolowich in Germany during World War II and they married in 1949. Helen and her husband, Gregory immigrated to the USA in 1951. They first lived in Maryland and worked on a farm until they were able to purchase a home in Philadelphia near the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Helen spent most of her adult life as a homemaker, dedicated mother, and grandmother. The greatest joy in her life were her five grandchildren.
As a child, Helen endured and survived the forced famine (Holodomor) in Ukraine in 1933. After surviving the famine, she was taken as a teenager in 1941 and placed in forced labor in Germany during World War II. Helen ‘s amazing resilience through her life has always inspired her family.
Helen is survived by her daughter Ann DellaVecchio (Bruce) of Voorhees, New Jersey; her son John (Valerie) of Warwick, PA and her grandchildren, Christopher (Carrie) and Gregory C. DellaVecchio, Katharine, Gregory Michael (Emily), and Nicholas Wesolowich.
Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Friday at 9 AM at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church., Warrington, PA. Requiem Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 AM. Burial will follow at St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Elkins Park, PA.
St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church
1545 Easton Road, Warrington PA 18976