Helen T. (Salaka) Steele

February 8, 1924 ~ January 20, 2020 (age 95)


Hampton, Virginia--Helen T. Steele, age 95, passed away at home on Monday, January 20, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born in Lowellville, Ohio, on February 8, 1924, the daughter of Martin and Maria Scerbak Salaka.

Helen lived in Lowellville most of her life, moving to Cleveland with her husband Bob in the late 1960’s, returning to Lowellville after his death, and most recently she relocated to Hampton, Virginia to live with her son Bob.

Helen spent her free time volunteering for bake sales, dinners and prayer services at the former St. James the Apostle Parish in New Bedford, Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Senior Citizens of Coitsville.  She enjoyed mowing her lawn on a regular basis. Helen was an avid cook and loved to bake. She lived her life one day at a time, making memories along the way. Most important to Helen was her family and she cherished the time she spent with all of them.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, daughter-in-law Maria T Manjago-Steele, her brothers Andrew and Joseph Salaka, sisters Mary Dorko and Anna Salaka. 

She is survived by her son Robert M. Steele with whom she made her home, her niece Gerald Ann “Corky” Salaka; grandson, Robert M. Steele, Jr. and wife, Monique, of Goodyear, AZ; granddaughters, Janice M. Steele of Hampton, and Melissa A. Steele of Goodyear, AZ. Helen  was blessed with thirteen beautiful loving great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by her loving four-legged companion Nala.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Clemente Funeral Home, Struthers.

Friends may call from 4 until 7 p.m. on Monday, January 27.

On Tuesday January 28th   a prayer service will be held at 9:15 a.m. at Clemente Funeral Home and a celebration of Helen’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Parish/St. James the Apostle Parish in New Bedford, Pa. with Father Brendan Dawson presiding.

Intermittent will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Coitsville.


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January 27, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Clemente Funeral Home Struthers
700 Fifth Street
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Prayer Service
January 28, 2020

9:15 AM
Clemente Funeral Home Struthers
700 Fifth Street
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Mass of Christian Burial
January 28, 2020

10:00 AM
St. James the Apostle Parish (New Bedford, Pennsylvania)

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