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Helen (Bakota) Uhren

June 15, 1931 ~ December 9, 2021 (age 90)


On Friday December 9th at 2:55PM, Helen Uhren (Bakota) joined her late husband Michael Uhren in Heaven.  She was born on June 15th, 1931 in Homestead, PA to her late parents Albert Bakota and Sophia Bakota (Panocha) and had one brother, the late John Bakota of West Mifflin, PA.  She is survived by her loving son Gregory Uhrlen of South Fayette, PA as well as beloved granddaughters Kayla Uhrlen and Juliana Uhrlen both of South Fayette, PA.

Helen graduated from the Robert Morris School (University), Secretarial Science Division, in 1950 and for 14 years she worked in the mortgage banking sector.

In addition to raising her son and spoiling her husband, Helen loved helping people who needed clothing sewn, hemmed or totally re-stitched.  She loved sewing clothes for herself for decades and always looked uniquely stylish.  The fancy square dancing clothes she designed always received compliments. She also volunteered at Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic church in Duquesne, PA helping with the care of vestments.

Helen also volunteered her time helping out with the catechism program at Sts. Peter and Paul for many years.  She was also a member of Christian Mother’s at St. Agnes.

Helen’s greatest joy, like Mike’s, were her Granddaughters Kayla and Juliana.  Every day, her question was, “how are the girls doing?” even if they had just seen them.  

Helen would take care of the girls often for many years while Mike “supervised”.  As her dementia grew worse, it became clearer that Kayla and Juliana were watching Helen and Mike instead.  Yet, seeing the girls gave them both a purpose and something to talk about.

The family would like to thank the nurses and support staff at St. Clair Hospital who attended to Helen, especially Sharon, Peggy, Celest, Alli and Amanda as well as hospice nurses Janelle and Lisa.  Many thanks to Vanessa, Kay, Cam and Bobbi for looking after Helen the last couple years at Victoria Manor in Oakdale, PA.

Helen’s funeral will be Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 11:00AM at St. Gregory of Nazianzus Byzantine Catholic Church, 2005 Mohawk Rd, Upper St Clair, PA 15241 with Rev. Will Rupp celebrant followed by burial at the Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Rd, Bridgeville, PA 15017.

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Inc. Duquesne, PA.

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Liturgy of Christian Burial
December 15, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church
2005 Mohawk Rd
Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

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