HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY | Helen Theresa (Sedlacko) Cipkala



Residence: Shepherd of the Valley, Boardman.

Date of birth: July 23, 1923, in Struthers.


Parents: The late Stephen and Helen (Olenick) Sedlacko.

Siblings: The late John, Stephen, Joseph and Andrew Sedlacko; Mary Fetsko; Ann Pager; Kathryn Rodgers; and Sister Margaret Mary, VSC.

Spouse: The late Clarence Cipkala.

Children: John (Sue) Cipkala and Margie (John) Wanchick, all of Columbus; Elaine (Joe) Pipoly of Boardman; Janet (Gerald) Cipkala-Gaffin of Pittsburgh; Clancy Cipkala of Columbia, S.C.; and Mary Jo (Mark) Rumancik of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Grandchildren: Doug, Geoff, Michael (Kathryn), Amanda, Haley and Colton Cipkala; Josh, Justin and Jenna Cipkala-Gaffin; Weston Wanchick; and Scott, Brad and Leah Rumancik.

Great-grandchildren: Brian and Nicholas Cipkala.


Education: She attended Holy Trinity Elementary School, Struthers High School and Youngstown College.

Employment: She worked for Ward Baking Co. in Youngstown.

Memberships: She is a member of Holy Trinity Church in Struthers, St. Matthias in Youngstown and Our Lady of the Lake in Columbia, S.C. She also is a member of First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.


Other information: She was a member of the drill team at Struthers High School and loves to bake and cook, especially Slovak food. She and her husband volunteered at Assumption Nursing Home for many years, delivering ice cream to the residents. The couple lived in Columbia, S.C., for 10 years. She loves to sing and has a great sense of humor and a positive outlook on life. Her nickname is Happy Helen.


Dates and locations: Parties took place in her honor July 4 and 23 at Shepherd of the Valley with her family and friends.

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