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January 26, 2012

Helen M. Hiris Kropf, a resident of Julia Ribaudo Extended Care Center, Lake Ariel, PA and formerly of Hawley, PA died Friday, January 20, 2012. She was 85.

Of Gottscheer descent, Helen was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 2, 1926 to John and Helen Koenig Hiris.

She graduated valedictorian from Bushwick High School in 1944 and was employed at the Lincoln Savings Bank, Brooklyn.

She met her husband, Fred Kropf, Jr., in August 1946 while vacationing at Kropf’s boarding house outside of Hawley, PA. They married June 18, 1950, and were married for 53 years when he died in January 2004.

In addition to helping at the boarding house until 1970, Helen was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and the Third Order of Franciscans at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Hawley. She was known for her wonderful baked goods. She had a passion for gardening and a talent for art, writing, storytelling, and penmanship that has been passed on to her children and grandchildren.

Helen is survived by her daughters Maria McDonnell and husband Tom in Lake Ariel; Helen Winkelblech in Hawley; Stephanie Gilbert and husband Rich in Beach Lake, PA, Margaret Gocek and husband Louis in Peckville, PA and Diana Byers and husband Ken in Hawley; brother Frederick J. Hiris, Hawley; grandchildren Ronald Weinberger, Richard and Christine Weinberger and Robert Weinberger, Brian Winkelblech, Douglas Dillmuth, Sarah and Simon Marjane, Brenda and Joe Carovinci, Matthew and Brenda Gocek, Bruce and Ayako Volpe, Nicholas Volpe and Kira Volpe; and six great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be Friday, January 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Teeters’ East Chapel, 505 Church St, Hawley, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. at BVM Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, 314 Chestnut Ave., Hawley, officiated by Rev. Michael Finn.

Burial will be in B.V.M. Queen of Peace Cemetery, Hawley.