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Helen C. (Bienkowski) Skraba

November 4, 1935 ~ October 19, 2018 (age 82)

Helen C. Skraba, 82, of 355 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, died peacefully on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Highland View Healthcare in Brockway, PA.

She was born on November 4, 1935, in Ridgway, a daughter of the late Adam and Anna Kuczynska Bienkowski.  She was a graduate of St. Leo’s High School, class of 1953.

On June 9, 1956, she married Alex J. Skraba, who preceded her in death on April 12, 2011.

Mrs. Skraba was a lifelong resident of Ridgway and an active member of St. Leo’s Church.  She loved cooking, baking, and making Polish food for her family.  She also enjoyed Polka dancing with her husband.

She is survived by four sons, Michael Skraba and his wife Lori of DuBois, Raymond Skraba and his wife Barb of Ridgway, Timothy Skraba and his wife Jane of Ridgway, and Robert Skraba of Ridgway and by one daughter, Mary Ann, Mrs. Joseph Luchs of Ridgway.  She was also survived by fifteen grandchildren whom she adored, Alecia, Michael Jr., Katie, Charlie, Robynne, Annie, Leah, Sam, DJ, Sarah, Emily, Alex, Claire, Claudia and Lilyanna, and by six great-grandchildren, Hawke, Braydon, Amelia, Vinnie, Stella, and Violet.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Alex, Aloysius, and Chester Bienkowski, and by four sisters, Jenny Bienkowski, Irene Haines, Mary Ann Loughman, and Agnes Dybowski.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Helen C. Skraba will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 111 Depot Street, Ridgway, PA 15853 with Fr. Justin Pino officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Leo’s Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Leo’s Church.

Thompson Funeral Home, 136 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853 is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be placed at

Donations may be made to:

St. Leo Catholic Church
111 Depot St., Ridgway PA 15853

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