Helen Alexandrovna Girko, née Antonowich, 98, a resident of Sunrise of Exton, PA, died peacefully in her sleep on March 26, 2019.
Helen was born in New York City on January 6, 1921 to Alexander and Anastasia Antonowich, who had immigrated to the USA from Russia. She received her education in the New York City school system and received a B.A. in Geology at Hunter College. She was married to her beloved husband, Alexander, for 75 years until he passed away last year.
Helen was employed in various financial positions by Englehardt Educational Consultants in North Salem, NY, and Bankers Trust in Katonah, NY, where she was the Branch Manager. She was active in local political affairs, serving as Treasurer of the Republican Town Committee of North Salem, NY, for eleven years. Her dedication to people was captured in her comments quoted in a local newspaper article: “Remembering a customer’s name might not seem like a major accomplishment, but when I can address a customer personally, it means something special to them and to me….it’s like being in a room full of friends rather than being strangers.”
Helen and her husband Alex lived for 57 years in the same house in Croton Falls NY, raising their four children there, before moving to Pennsylvania three years ago. The Croton Falls home was also the site of their vegetable garden which provided the cucumbers and herbs for the famous Girko’s Gherkins which raised funds for their local church, St Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY. She was a faithful parishioner of St Gregory’s, where she was a member of the choir and also managed the gift shop for many years. She loved to embroider and made many lovely pieces for her family members.
Helen was predeceased by her beloved husband Alex, her parents Alexander and Anastasia, her brother Dr Alexander Antonowich, and many neighbors and friends. She is survived by her brother Dr Fred Antonowich (husband of Victoria), her loving children, Stephen (husband of Elizabeth), Tanya Danilchick (wife of Peter), John (husband of Linda), and Victoria Kolsevich (wife of John), ten grandchildren and their spouses, and twenty-three great-grandchildren. She was always surrounded by the many family and friends who loved her and her passion for cooking and singing. Her fellow residents at Sunrise – and all her family and friends — remember her especially for her breaking into song at a moment’s notice, and her constant joy and love for others, which continued unceasingly until her very last day.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the Catagnus Funeral Home, 711 N Franklin Street, Pottstown, PA. Viewing will be at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 1236 Juniper Street, Pottstown, PA at noon Saturday March 30 with the funeral service following at 1:00PM. Interment will be in the Holy Trinity Church Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Pottstown, PA.

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