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Helen Louise (Spiker) (Klipstein) Wolf, 88, of Baden, went peacefully from this earth into the presence of Jesus on December 16th, 2023, while surrounded by her loving family. She looked forward to being home in Heaven where she would be reunited with loved ones.
Helen was born on November 2, 1935, in Midland, Maryland, a daughter of the late Everett and Mary (Rennie) Spiker. She cherished her childhood spent in the mountains of Maryland and often spoke of those memories. Helen referred to April 1, 1954, as her second birthday, the day that she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Her Christian faith was foundational to the rest of her life.
Helen was a member of the last graduating class of Central High School, Lonaconing, Maryland, in 1953. Later that year she relocated to Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Helen was a devoted wife and mother, taking enjoyment from cooking and decorating, and making any place her family lived into a home. She loved to sew, including making detailed clothing for her children as well as their Barbie dolls.
Once her youngest child began school, Helen went to work as a secretary at Dixmont State Hospital until the time of its closing. She then continued her work at Woodville State Hospital from where she retired. Helen enjoyed her work and the life-long friendships that were made. She helped to organize multiple Dixmont employee reunions over the years. Helen was a long-time Avon representative. She won many sales awards during the forty-year span of her business, however what she treasured most were the relationships that she built along the way. Helen was an active member of the former Ambridge Business and Professional Women Association, with whom she was awarded “Woman of the Year”.
Helen was a dedicated member of Sewickley Baptist Church. She loved to welcome people at church and over the years she sang in the choir, packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, participated in the Whosoever Will women’s group, and enjoyed creating seasonal floral arrangements to decorate the church. Helen’s faith was most important to her. She never hesitated to speak of the goodness of God. This faith was an anchor even during her most difficult times, including when she won the battle against cancer in her early eighties. Helen loved music, especially Christian and country songs. She enjoyed playing hymns on the piano and teaching her grandchildren to play. Helen put others before herself. Her generous and compassionate nature led to her often-helping others without needing to be asked. She set a long-lasting example for her family on how to care for others.
Helen is survived by her children, Johnathan Klipstein of Baden, Mary Louise Venanzio of Oil City, Sandra Murray of Baden; grandchildren, Christopher Klipstein of Baden, Heather Murray of Sewickley, Lisa (Rob) Shay of Pittsburgh; and a great-granddaughter, McKenna. Helen will also be missed by many friends who became family. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Joseph Wolf, and a son-in-law, Angelo Venanzio, Jr.
On behalf of Helen, her family would like to especially thank Dr. James Meditch and his staff of AHN for the many years of excellent care he provided. The family would also like to thank the staff of AHN Healthcare at Home for their care and support.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, December 20th, 2023, from 2pm - 4pm and 6pm - 8pm at JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME, INC. 833 Kennedy Dr Ambridge PA 15003 where a service will be held on Thursday, December 21st, 2023, at 11:00 am with Pastor Phil Golden of Bible Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Bible Baptist Church, 412 Old Washington Pike, Carnegie PA 15106. bbcpittsburgh.com or AHN Healthcare at Home www.healthcareathome.org.