Helen E. Krupa, 97, of Pottsville, passed away Sunday evening at her residence, surrounded with love from her daughter and son.
Helen was born in Pottsville, Jan. 22, 1921, to the late Mary and Michael Kosick of Pottsville.
She was the widow of Edward J. Krupa, who died in 2005. In addition, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John, Michael and Frank Kosick.
She was the oldest living member of St. John the Baptist Church, Pottsville.
Helen served as staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps/Air Force during World War II. She worked as a photographer and photo lab specialist. She made maps from aerial photographs to train Air Force pilots. A CD and photo exhibit of her military career has been included in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
After her military service, she worked in the garment industry. Helen was a licensed beautician who owned and operated her own beauty salon.
Helen is survived by her children, Barbara Jean Krupa and Edward Bruce Krupa, both of Pottsville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Baptist Church, Pottsville, with the Rev. Dave Loeper officiating. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church. The family requests donations to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or Alzheimer's Association , South Central PA Chapter, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Pottsville.