Helen Backel Bangert, 86, of Weirton, passed away Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at the Weirton Medical Center. Born December 6, 1919 in Chester, WV, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Anna Bykowski Kopec. Helen was also preceded in death by her first husband Edward Backel, second husband Roland Bangert and brother Julius Kopec. Helen retired from the Strip Steel Credit Union, was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and the Altar Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Thaddeus Kosciuszko Hall and AARP. Helen’s survivors include her sisters Viola Petrisak of Weirton with whom she resided and Bernice Piotrowski of Baltimore, MD; brother Edward Kopec of Weirton; step-sons Gordon (Yolanda) Bangert of Mesa, AZ and Mervin (Danni) Bangert of Boulder, CO; nephew Michael Petrisak of Weirton; nieces Mrs. James (Linda) Pauchnik of Weirton, Mrs. Tom (Kathy) Andreozzi of Follansbee, WV, Mrs. Dan (Diane) Groves of Bethel Park, PA, Mrs. Thomas (Mary Ann) Horstman of Weirton, Mrs. Carl (Vicki) Davis of Florida; several great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews; 4 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Friday 2-4 and 7-9PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton where the K of C Rosary will be recited at 7PM in honor of her late husband, Edward Backel, who was a Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus and the Sacred Heart of Mary Prayer Service will be conducted at 8:30PM. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10AM Saturday at Sacred Heart of Mary Church with Father Kent Durig presiding. Entombment will be in St. Paul Cemetery. Please consider a contribution in memory of Helen to Sacred Heart of Mary Church, 200 Preston Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes with her family at www.grecohertnick.com Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. Aunt Helen was a wonderful and caring person. She will be missed but her memories will live on through all who knew and loved her and I can be counted among those numbers.

  2. Aunt Helen: you were called today by the Heavenly Father to take your place in heaven. Your kindness and gentleness will always be remembered.

  3. I remember Helen with fond memories tied to Bridge at my mothers home. I know that she held a special place in mom’s heart, and I know that mom would want me to acknowledge Helen’s passing. My prayers are with the family at this time. With Sympathy, Mary Anne


  5. Babka Helen….. Although I will not be in WV in person I am inspirit. Celebrating your life and the wonderful things you did and the wonderfulness of you… Cookies, Perogies, Cookies, cucumber salad, hugs, genuine loving care.

  6. I wanted to extend my condolences to the family. Helen was a sweet, kind woman. I will profoundly miss her, and her cookies. Rest in Peace, Helen. We love you.

  7. Dear Linda, Jim and Family Our deepest sympathy to all of you during this time of sorrow. Aunt Helen was a very special lady, very quiet with a kind word and smile for everyone. We are so happy that we were able to spend some time with her this past summer. She will be sadly missed by everyone. So sorry we can’t be there in person, but know we are there in spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  8. My dearest Aunt Helen (Cacia), you are at peace. My heart is heavy and my sorrow profound. You treated me so kindly and considered me your niece. We shared many moments and laughs. Our talks were very special and I will share with Colin and Lucy our memories and raise them to give love and respect to all, as you did during your precious days on earth with us.

  9. To Helen’s Family, We have known Helen for a very long time and our association with her has been the nicest. I had worked with Helen at the credit union and she was the finest person to work with and had the respect of all of the patrons of the credit union. Stan knew Helen when she worked for the Weirton Steel and there too..she was respected by all. We truly loved Helen and know that she is in a better place. Our deepest sympathy to your family…she will be missed. Stan & Fran Sagan

  10. Dear Viola and Michael, I was sorry to hear about your sister and Aunt. You have my deepest sympathy. Love, Shirley

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