Helen (Zuraw) Bohlander, 96, of North Charleroi, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in Nevaeh Cove Personal Care Home. A daughter of the late Akim (Mike) and Anna Kevech Zuraw, she was born Jan. 31, 1915 in Charleroi. Helen was a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Charleroi and a former member of the church's Ladies Altar Society. Left to cherish her memory are a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Lee and Raymond Conrad of North Charleroi; and son, Gerald M. Bohlander of San Bernardino, CA. Helen was a loving and caring nana to her grandchildren, Rachel Conrad Fleming, and husband, Doug, Melissa Conrad Corey, and husband, Henry, Heather Bohlander McMinds, and husband, Scott, and Luke John and Jonathan William Bohlander. She was also a wonderful great-nana to her great-grandchildren, Henry and Julia Helen Corey, Gianna Fleming, and Austin and Camryn McMinds; and was known as Aunt Helen to many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, John L. Bohlander, on Aug. 9, 1970, and a son, John Phillip Bohlander, on Dec. 26, 2009. Friends will be received Friday, Feb. 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the MELENYZER-DuBARR FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 825 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. A prayer service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service in Holy Trinity Orthodox Church with Rev. Gregory Peterson officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 1000 Lookout Ave., Charleroi.
Ray & Sandy and Family, Our condolences on the loss of your mother, grandmother and great-grandmother 'Nana'. Sorry we were not able to attend the services but want you to know that we have been thinking of you. We were glad to get the chace to know her. You have always treated us as family when we come visit Charleroi, and for that we love you all!
Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Ehlinger Feb 14 2011 12:00 AM
Nana, Thank you for all of the memories. You may not be here in person, but you are in Spirit. Now, you and PapPap are together as it should be. xoxoxoxoxoxo Rachel
Rachel Feb 13 2011 12:00 AM
My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of "Aunt Helen", the wife of my Godfather, and the friend to the Lindsay and Picinotti families for many years. My apologies for being unable to attend the funeral as I am on business in Milwaukee for the next week. I will always remember Aunt Helen for the loving person she was.
Max Lindsay Feb 12 2011 12:00 AM
We are so sorry for your loss. How comforting it must have been for your mother to have you both love her and visit her till the end. We love you very much, dino and loretta
dino and loretta lucarelli Feb 11 2011 12:00 AM
What are we going to do without you to visit Mom? We already miss you very much. Love Sandy & Ray
Sandy & Ray Feb 11 2011 12:00 AM
Thinking of you all. We loved Nana, she is a good lady and like a Nana to us. Glad that we knew her! Love, Jen
Jen Ehlinger-Saj Feb 10 2011 12:00 AM
Love, peace and prayers to all who feel the pain of losing Nana The Buffalo contingent will greatly miss the loving matriarch, "MY NANA", who made summers & every visit to Charleroi more meaningful & fun every time! I will always remember relaxing with Nana in the kitchen eating the world's best blueberry pastry, having cocktails with her & Aunt Mildred on the porch, & having the collest sleepovers upstairs. Nana, you were wonderful on earth & I know you'll be an amazing angel! Miss you & love you forever Love Melinda P.S. Say hi to Lola)
Melinda C. Ehlinger Feb 10 2011 12:00 AM