Helen D. Halko 1920-2013

NILES – Mrs. Helen D. Halko, 93, a resident of Niles for more than 70 years, passed away at 12:53 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, Warren.

Mrs. Halko was born April 19, 1920, in Jefferson County, a daughter of John C. and Ethel Skinner Liggitt.

She was a graduate of David Anderson High School, Lisbon, class of 1938. She had been employed at the Ravenna Arsenal during World War II (where she met her husband), in the Niles Glass Plant of General Electric and the offices of the former Montgomery Ward, upon its opening.

A member of the Niles First United Methodist Church, she was a master seamstress, making all of her clothing. She also created her own personalized doll collection.

When her children were young, she was active in the PTA and the Niles McKinley Band Boosters.

She was an amateur horticulturalist, primarily raising African violets. She loved plants and flowers in and outside of her home, a lady with a true “green thumb.”

She also will be remembered as a tremendous housekeeper, cook and a tremendous pie baker.

Helen is survived by a son, Robert A. Halko of Cincinnati; two sisters, Wilma J. Liggitt of Columbiana and Ethel “Babe” Hiner of Salem; and a brother, James S. Liggitt of Columbiana.

Her husband, John Halko, preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2010. She also was preceded in death by a son, Terry J. Halko, on June 11, 1995; two sisters, Thelma Hill and Mary Louise Dankhaus; and five brothers, John, Charles, Rollin, Robert and Wayne Liggitt.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel of Niles City Cemetery with the Rev. Nathan Howe officiating. Entombment will follow.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to the Trumbull County Animal Welfare League Shelter, 546 Brunstetter Road S.W., Warren, OH 44481.

Arrangements and care has been entrusted to the Fox Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512. Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.

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