|HELEN M. HABERN
HORNELL-Helen M. Habern, 94, formerly of Thacherville, died early Tuesday morning (June 4, 2013) at McAuley Manor in North Hornell, where she has resided the past four years.
Born in Lafayette, Ind. on Feb. 24, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Florence Whitehead Pritchard. On Nov. 5, 1938, she was married to Charles R. Habern, who predeceased her on March 10, 1989, after 51 years of marriage. Besides her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her grandson, John L. Pawlica, III of Las Vegas in 2006; her two brothers, Donald and Gordon Pritchard; and her two sisters, Phyllis Jones and Marilyn Albright.
She attended Boyd's Business School in Pittsburgh, Pa. and moved to Thacherville 68 years ago.
Helen was employed at Stern & Stern Textiles in Hornell and was also a former member of the United Presbyterian Church in Hornell.
Her family includes her three children, Carole Pawlica of Hornell, James K. Habern of Rochelle, Va. and Dennis (Renatta) Habern of Germany; her two grandchildren, Michelle and Shawn Habern of Germany; her five great-grandchildren including, Cristina Pawlica of Las Vegas, also serving with the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan, Kaitlin Pawlica and Nicholas Pawlica both of Las Vegas
To honor her wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Interment will be in Rural Cemetery, Hornell.
Arrangements are with the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell.
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