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Helen Brogan

Helen Brogan, 73, of Avoca passed away on Saturday, January 1st, 2021, at her home. She was born in Pittston, October 8, 1948, and was the daughter of the late William and Helen (Spahalski) Dempski.

Helen was a devoted Christian and was a member of Queen of The Apostles Parish Church, Avoca. She was a 1966 graduate of Northeast High School, Duryea. Helen worked at Cwikla’s Bakery for 20 years. She was an avid Penn State Fan, and loved to travel, especially to the Jersey Shore.


Helen will long be remembered by her family, friends, and community for her generosity of spirit. She was always willing to lend a hand to help, to provide a shoulder to lean on, to offer words to comfort, to extend her arms to embrace, and to say prayers for the peace and healing of others. Her gentle smile, soft laugh, compassionate eyes, and deep wisdom will remain blessings for those who knew and loved her.


In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her in-laws, Thomas and Catherine Brogan; her brother-in-law John Tobin; nephews Craig and David Jones; and her niece Lisa Jones Kutra.


She is survived by her husband of 51 years, James

Brogan; her children Shawn and his wife Nicole, of Avoca, Stacy Brogan Cassady and her husband Skip, of Stroudsburg, and Susan Brogan Thornton and her husband Billy, of California. Also surviving are her sister Mary Ann Tobin, of Duryea; six grandchildren, Kyle Brogan and his wife Ruby, Kaitlyn Brogan, Emma Cassady, and Erin, Emily and Allie Thornton; sister-in-law Mary Kay and her husband Ned Jones; brother-in-law Michael and his wife Laurie Brogan; as well as many nieces.


A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 11:00am at Queen of The Apostles Parish Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca with Fr. Phillip Sladicka officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday evening, January 5th from 4-6pm at Queen of The Apostles Parish Church and also on Thursday morning from 10am until time of the mass. Family and friends that are attending the visitation or the mass are strongly encouraged to abide by the CDC guidelines to take precautions and wear a facial mask when entering the church.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of The Sacred Heart, 340 Montage Mountain Rd., Moosic, Pa. 18507.


Arrangements are made by Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.


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