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Helen Tardio

October 23, 2010

Helen Tardio, of Plains Township, passed away. Her life on earth ended on Saturday, October 23, 2010. She was 99 years young.

She did not fear leaving this life and always felt she had a good life here, but she was ready to return to the Lord when He called her home.

A longtime resident of Plains Township, she moved to Knoxville, Tenn., to be close to her family when her beloved husband of 60 years, Joe, passed away.

She had lived in Knoxville for the past nine years and, most recently, at the Mercy Hospice Center in Powell, Tenn. She was born Helen Kokinda on October 16, 1911, near Wilkes-Barre in the small town of Askam.

Cherished grandson Brian Tardio and all five of her siblings predeceased her.

Helen never made it past the ninth grade, but she had an MBA in life. She was a great housewife, cook (and baked the best chocolate cookies) and mom. She was a superb manager of household affairs who raised her children while staying at home, and who later went to work to help pay for their college expenses.

She did not fear the unknown as she traveled alone to New York City, N.Y., during the Great Depression to take a job as a nanny to support herself and her parents. She enjoyed going to Atlantic City, N.J., which was a favorite vacation spot for the family in the early days and, later, a place for her and Joe to have some fun playing the “one-armed bandits.”

One of her great passions was shopping for jewelry. She loved her gems but never realized how much of a gem she truly was to the people around her. She nurtured, cared for and loved her family.

Helen is survived by her children, Bob Tardio of Knoxville, Tenn., Marilyn Hudson of Charleston, S.C., and Joe Tardio of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren Adam Hudson, Rob, Jason and David Tardio; and great-grandson Hayden Tardio; as well as many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township, with a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in SS Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township. Interment will be in the Italian Independent Cemetery, Wyoming. Friends may call 8:30 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

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