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Helen H. Block (Henczel)

May 20, 1921 - April 9, 2021

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: April 17, 2021

Funeral Home Corcoran Funeral Home Inc

Cemetery Mount Olivet Cemetery

Church St. Maria Goretti Church

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Helen Henczel Block, 99 of Laflin, was welcomed by the Lord on Friday afternoon, April 9, 2021, at Kingston Health Care Center, Kingston, PA.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Henry H. and Helen A. (Szyszkowski) Henczel.

Helen was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School, Class of 1938, and was Valedictorian of the Commercial Courses. She was an Army Veteran of World War II, serving with the Woman’s Army Corps (WAC). Helen attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant, serving in the Post Exchange units in the San Francisco area at Fort Winfield Scott.

After her honorable discharge from active service, she attended Wilkes College and was employed at American Auto of Wilkes-Barre, and later at the PA Department of Environmental Resources as the business manager. After her retirement, she was an assistant librarian at the Pittston Public Library.

She was a member of St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin, where she was a member of the parish rosary group and was rosary leader, the Plains American Legion, Joseph E. Conlon, Post 558, the Dupont AMVETS Post 189, the Secular Franciscan Order, the Oakwood Park Townhouse Association, where she served as treasurer, and the National Office Managers Association. Helen also volunteered her time to various organizations including the American Red Cross, at Wilkes and Misericordia Universities, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, was a CCD teacher and coordinator.

She was preceded in death by her husband Benjamin Z. Block on April 29, 2010, brother Henry Henczel, and sisters Matilda Raven, and Dolores Hydock.

Surviving are her nephew Dr. Henry K. Henczel and his wife Laura, great-nieces Hannah and Katelyn Henczel, step-son David Blocki and his wife Kay, step-granddaughters Angela Blocki, and Barbara Finnick, nephew Walter Raven, nieces Loretta Raven, Diane Pimm, and Pattie Anistranski.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:00 am at St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin, PA 18702, with Father Seth Wasnock, Pastor, officiating. Internment was held with Military Honors accorded by the United States Army and the Plains American Legion in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street, Plains, PA 18705.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin, PA 18705.


Phone 570-823-1358
Fax 570-829-6699


20 South Main St.
Plains, PA 18705

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