Helen Kessler Reposed in the Lord


Dear Faithful and Friends.


As many already have heard, our dear friend Helen Kessler (September 22, 1934 - August 20, 2022) one of the founding members of our Holy Trinity parish - passed away Saturday late evening.


Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Thursday, August 25, from 6-8 pm at Schmidt Funeral Home, 202 West St., Wind Gap, with a Panikhida prayer service beginning at 6:30 pm. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 9:30 am at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 1501 Trinity Court, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Helen will be laid to rest in Plainfield Cemetery.


Below please find the obituary for the newly departed Helen. Helen's place within the history of our parish community cannot be overstated. Along with Tom, her husband, she was a strong member from the very first liturgical service 46 years ago. Their hard work, sacrificial giving, vision, and steadfast encouragement led our parish for many years. We are greatly grateful for the life Helen shared with us.


We've received several donations thus far in Helen's memory. If you make a donation, please indicate it is being offered in her memory.


May her memory be eternal and may her soul dwell with the blessed.


In Christ,


Obituary


Helen Kessler, 87, of Plainfield Township, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022, in Moravian Hall Square, Nazareth. She was the beloved wife of Thomas Kessler. Together they shared 59 years of marriage.


Born September 22, 1934, in Plainfield township, Helen was a daughter of the late Wasyl and Fannie (Pello) Morykin.


Helen graduated Nazareth High School in 1952. Early in life she worked at Western Electric. After her children were grown, she was employed in the accounts payable department of Laneco. She loved her family and hosting gatherings like clam bakes and reunions. Decorating her home, tending her flower gardens, trips to the casino, caring for her grandchildren and attending their sporting events were some of her favorite things. Helen was a founding member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Stroudsburg. She was an active and dedicated leader from the Church’s inception on December 5, 1976.

She is survived by her husband Tom, her sister Kathryn Pinto, her three sons: Thomas Kessler (Lynn), David Kessler (Kathryn), and Nicholas Kessler (Laura). Her grandchildren are David Kessler, Tatiana Rutz (Rev. Aaron Rutz), Hannah Kessler, Thomas J. Kessler, Matthew Kessler, Aleksander Kessler and Kristoffer Kessler.


Helen was predeceased by sisters Gloria Ackerson, Ann Fedorak, Mary Morykin, Fannie Salash and Eva Bonisese; and brothers Charles, John and Michael Morykin.


Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Thursday, August 25, from 6-8 pm at Schmidt Funeral Home, 202 West St., Wind Gap, with a Panikhida prayer service beginning at 6:30 pm. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 9:30 am at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 1501 Trinity Court, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Helen will be laid to rest in Plainfield Cemetery. Donations may be sent to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.