Helen “Nunnie” Mandarano, 83, of Dilliner, Pa., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. For the past four years, Helen fought courageously with dignity to overcome a progressive disease.
Helen was born in Morgantown, Nov. 3, 1934, to the late Joseph and Mary Pollock Pompura.
Helen was a caring, compassionate, devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her devotion to helping others was unconditional, caring for her mother Mary, brother Joe, and father-in-law Dominick. She was always there to help her family and friends.
Helen graduated from St. Francis Catholic High School and carried over her strong faith to her children. She was a devoted member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Bobtown, Pa. and also attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Star City, with her sisters. Helen was a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, and a former member of the Rosary Altar Society. Helen and her husband Bruno were self-employed, owners of a Gulf Station and a Restaurant in Dilliner, Pa., for several years.
Helen loved music and dancing with her husband Bruno, and was an avid bowler. Holiday celebrations with family were always special for her. In addition, she loved to travel to visit her children and grandchildren and vacations to the beach.
Those left to cherish Helen’s memories are her loving husband, Bruno, of 64 years; her daughter, Pamela Preskitt and husband, Scott; her daughter, Caterina Jobson and husband, Christopher; her son Bruno II, and wife, Jonida. Helen has five grandchildren who were the light of her life. She doted on each, Justin Tanner, Samuel Jobson, Kiriana Jobson, Chiara Mandarano and Enzo Mandarano. Helen has one loving sister, Beatrice Prutilpac and husband, Charles Prutilpac. She has three sisters-in-law, Helen Pompura, Dee Pompura and Patty Mandarano, and also adored many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Pompura; four sisters, Margaret Slavensky, Rose Shepherd, Ann Walden and Julia Sidwell; four brothers, Joseph, John, Andrew and Mike Pompura.
Visitation will be held at McCulla Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m., with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m. to conclude the visitation, Monday, April 9. Visitation will continue at Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church in Peace Hall, 3334B University Ave. Morgantown, WV, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., with Father John DiBacco as celebrant. Interment will follow at East Oak Grove Cemetery.