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Helen Holoviak


Service: 10:30am Sat. August 26th, 2017
Location: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church

Holoviak, Helen (Prima), peacefully passed away in her home in Enon, Ohio on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the age of 94. She was surrounded by her six children who lovingly cared for her in her final days. Helen began her life's journey in Saint Claire, PA and was one of five children. Helen touched all those she met with her warm blue eyes, smile and sincere concern for all God's creatures. Helen, a dedicated loving wife, mother, accomplished artist, and avid reader was guided daily by her unwavering faith. Helen’s life was a testimony to both her country and her family. She married John Holoviak Jr. a WWII pilot in 1946 and as a military wife, they traveled and experienced the world with their six children throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s. After living in multiple countries and cities she and John settled in Enon, Ohio where John retired as a Lt. Colonel from the Air Force in 1961 and then began a second career in financial services. Like most mothers, her face beamed every time she discussed her children. The pride came from what she described as her role as a parent by sending her children off to lead lives of their own to be ‘productive members of society,’ as she once described it. She did this through pats on the back, encouraging words, and, sometimes, a kick in the pants when needed. Her children serve as a testimony to her compassion, firmness, faithfulness, and the unhesitating ability to do the right thing when those around her hesitated to do so. She was a member of a number of Ohio Art organizations, and produced a prolific number of original creative works in all art mediums. Many of her works now hang, proudly, in the homes of her children and admirers as fond remembrances of how she managed to paint and create while raising six children. Her years on earth were spent nurturing her six children and husband. Both she and her husband instilled a deep sense of faith in their entire family, and this faith remains a strong part of all of those in her family who will gather to say and pray their final farewells. All who knew her will remember her consistent smile, her loving blue eyes, and her resilience. Even in declining health, she always displayed a humbleness and grace that spread through every situation in her life and to everyone who knew her. She is survived by her children Rosemary Fisher, Nick Holoviak, John Holoviak, Sam Holoviak, Ann Rhees and Milley Camp. Included in her immediate family are five grandchildren, one great- grandchild, and two sisters, Olga Bender and Mary Horoschak. Helen was a lifelong active member of the Springfield Greek Orthodox Church. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, August 19 in the CONROY FUNERAL HOME. In Helen’s honor, a celebration of her life will be held at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 1127 E. High Street, Springfield, Ohio on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:30am. Those who wish to honor her memory may make a donation to: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church or a charity of their choice. Arrangements by CONROY FUNERAL HOME.
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Our Sympathy & Condolence goes out to the Holoviak Family. We Enjoyed having the Holoviak Family in our Home at Easter & Thanksgiving Hollidays. They were so much fun & a pleasure to be with .Helen was such a beautiful & pleasant Lady & always smiling.Loved her so much. Gone but not forgotten. Bea & Shel Best Greensburg, IN

- Bea & Shel Best, Wednesday August 23rd, 2017

Family please accept my deepest condolences. May God's promises found at Acts 24:15 and Psalms 37:29 bring you comfort during this difficult time.

- Vaughn family, Tuesday August 22nd, 2017

Rog and I are thinking of you and praying for your entire family, Nick and Rosemary. You were so fortunate to have your Mother for so long. She sounds like a fabulous Mother and lady. Enjoy her celebration of life, even though it is hard, and look back on it fondly throughout your lives.

- Peggy Clem, Saturday August 19th, 2017

I knew Helen as a member of Town & Country Fine Art Center. There was a special gentleness about her and it was always a 'happy time' to be in her presence. I remember being at her house once and she gave me some of her dye pigments and collage papers. She was a magnificent artist and had such a beautiful eye for design and composition. I would ask about her whenever I attended the Fairborn Art Association meetings. I send my condolences to her loving family. Until we meet again, dear Helen. Love, Rosie

- Rosie Huart, Saturday August 19th, 2017

Helen was a great lady. In life success has been defined as family, friends and faith, and Helen had them all. Every since her son John introduced me to Helen, she treated me as a friend of the family. I am fortunate to have seen the smile on her face, having known Helen, and I still have one of her paintings in my house. If there was ever an express elevator to heaven, I am sure Helen is on it. Jeannie and my thoughts and prayers are with all of her children especially John. May she rest in peace.

- Fred Cramer, Saturday August 19th, 2017

To the family: Helen was always a special person in my life; a mentor in art & life, and a true friend. She was a young thinking friend who was always interested in knowing and caring about her associates and friends. I was sorry that we couldn't visit more after we moved out of state. We will always remember her love of life and her caring and compassionate ways. She excellently raised her six children and loved being with her family. We will miss her smile and friendship! Warm Regards, Jane & Jim Trame

- Jane & Jim Trame, Saturday August 19th, 2017

Helen will be missed terribly by all who knew her. She helped me through a rough time in my life, and I will always remember her kindness, and willingness to help a teenage girl who was afraid of her own shadow. Rest in peace Helen. We love you.

- Joan(Peters) Thompson, Friday August 18th, 2017

So very sorry for your loss. May your memories and faith carry you through this difficult time.

- Kay Holsapple McClellan, Friday August 18th, 2017

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