Helen I. (Boeckx) Wright

August 26, 1923 ~ January 20, 2021 (age 97)




Helen Wright, 97, of California PA died peacefully Wednesday, January 20th

She was born August 26, 1923 in California, a daughter of the late Mary and Julius Boeckx.


Helen was a retired Administrative Secretary to the Dean of Liberal Arts at Cal-U, having re-entered the work force after raising her 3 children.  Her first job was as a stenographer/bookkeeper at the former Jones & Laughlin offices in California,   she was an active and lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of California, serving as treasurer of many years,  a Deacon, a Sunday School teacher, and a member of the JOY class.


She was active in early retirement, vacationing frequently with her late husband, Bill and then with friends from the Center in the Woods.  Later, she would say she spent her most rewarding years in caring for her 5 adored grandchildren.


In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bill (2000).  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by her sisters Rose and Catherine and her brother, Joe.


She lived in her home in California until this past year, which was spent in the Hallsworth House in Monessen where she received excellent care.  The family would like to convey their sincerest thanks to all members of the staff at Hallsworth House and the staff of Viaquest for their care and attention to her needs.  Helen never failed to tell us how good they were to her and for that we are forever grateful.


She will remain vital in the memories of the son, Bill Jr. and his wife, Rose, of South Park, PA, her daughter Kathy and her husband, Gene Schmidt, of Belle Vernon, PA and her son Bob and his wife, Donna, of California, PA.


Her memory will also live on in her grandchildren: Christopher and his wife Jamie (Canonsburg, PA) and their daughters Lucie and Abigail, Nigel and his wife April (Venetia, PA) and their children Amelia and Zavier, Eliot Schmidt and his wife Kate (Hanover, MD), and their daughter Kara, Lindsay and her partner Matt (Pittsburgh, PA) and Nathan and his wife Sarah (Bethel Park, PA).


A private service will be held for the immediate family only.  Memorial donations may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of California, 303 Fourth Street, California, PA 15419


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mariscotti Funeral Home, Inc., Anthony N. Mariscotti, Supervisor, 323 Fourth Street, California, PA.

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