Helen M. Fake, 93, of Enola, passed away late Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at UPMC Harrisburg Hospital. Daughter of the late Norman and Stella (Madden) Russell, she was born on October 20, 1929 in Wormleysburg. She would find true happiness in 1949, when she married her love, Harold. She was a huge supporter of her husband and her family, and, if her plants and vegetables could talk, they would certainly agree. She loved flowers (especially canna lilies) and gardening. She was at home in the kitchen, cooking and baking the most delicious pies and cakes (all from scratch) and canning all that she could get her hands on.
She volunteered at school and was PTA president, and she volunteered to drive those unable to get to the polls on election day. She and her six siblings routinely set up family picnics and get-togethers at a cottage along the creek at Williams Grove. Family vacations in Wildwood, NJ, were perfect; she loved the sun and her morning cup of coffee. In later years, the flowers were forever blooming, and a word search book was never out of hand. She was a loving wife and mother, and most cherished of all was the grandmother role. She was the babysitting queen.
Surviving Helen are her children, Joyce Kostin (Dr. Raymond) of Harrisburg, Harold Fake (Roxanne) of New Bloomfield, and Gail String (Gregory) of Mechanicsburg; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren (with one on the way). In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Fake; as well as all six of her siblings.
A public viewing will be held on Friday, November 18, 2022 from 9-10AM at Parthemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Cumberland, with a service beginning at 10AM. Following, a procession will depart for Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband.
Since she loved flowers, they are certainly welcome for Friday’s service. If you’d rather make a donation in Helen’s name, please choose a worthy charity of your choice.