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Helen Kostyk Krivan Obituary – The Beaver County Times

On Tuesday, August 23, 2022, Helen Krivan passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, following an ongoing battle with heart disease. Helen was 86 years old and heaven received a new golden-winged angel. Helen Kostyk was born at her home in Fair Oaks, Pennsylvania on August 29, 1935, to John Kostyk and Anna Wolosonovich Kostyk. She was the youngest of six children. She grew up in Fair Oaks, Pennsylvania and graduated from Leetsdale High School in 1953, where she played many sports and served as a student council member.

After graduating, she worked at HH Robertson & Company. As a truly independent and self-sufficient woman, she was the first person in her family to buy a car, a green Buick, frequently borrowed by her brothers. She met Steve Krivan in May 1957, and they began a long-distance relationship while Steve was attending the University of Oklahoma. For Steve, it was love at first sight and on August 27, 1960, Steve and Helen were married. They moved to New York and his first daughter, Nancy, was born. A few years later, his son, Stephen, was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania and his daughter Marianne was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. In 1992, Helen graduated with an undergraduate degree with honors in social work from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. After graduating, she worked as a social worker at an assisted living facility in North Texas for seven years. She enjoyed working with patients and their families. Throughout her life, she and Steve have lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Saudi Arabia and Texas. They retired to Grand Rivers, Kentucky, where they lived for 22 years. Wherever she lived, she always had a very strong connection with the Catholic Church. His family attended weekly Mass and faith in God was the foundation of his household. Upon her retirement to Grand Rivers, Ky., she and Steve became members of St. Anthony Catholic Church where she immersed herself in the church community. She attended daily mass and helped with communion and became a designated church historian. Additionally, she made the Ukrainian paska and helped with foot washing for Maundy Thursday and performed various chores for the church. She received the “Sophia” award presented by the Diocese of Owensboro for her exceptional management of time, talents and treasures. She was part of the church hospice team that offered Holy Communion to the sick. She and Steve took regular boat trips on Lake Kentucky with their friends and family on their beloved boat “Helena.”

Devotion to his family was the focus of his life. Her home was welcoming to all and she enjoyed entertaining and celebrating with family and friends on holidays and special occasions. Christmas dinner was not complete without its Beef Wellington and pierogies.

She will be remembered as a devoted and loving mother and wife who put others before her own needs. She had many friends, neighbors and family members whom she followed daily through Facebook.

She enjoyed feeding her hummingbirds and wild birds, gardening, flowering and tending to her yard. She was a lifelong sports fan and followed the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros.

She is predeceased by her parents: John and Annastasia Kostyk, her brothers John, Mike and Joe Kostyk, her sister-in-law Marlene Kostyk, Mike and Helen Rodio and her beloved cat “Rascal”. Helen is survived by her husband of 61 years, Steve Krivan; his daughter Nancy (Allen) Smith; son Steve (Donna) Krivan; and his daughter Marianne (Tom) Rutherford. In addition, she leaves behind 3 grandchildren: Daniel (Emily) Krivan; Audrey Krivan; and Ruby Krivan along with her sister Mary Ferrante (Scottsdale), brother Pete Kostyk (Scottsdale) and sister-in-law Cathy Kostyk (Moon Township); Roseanne Kostyk (Ca.); and Patti Kostyk (Des Plaines); as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. We would like to thank the doctors, nurses, palliative care team and staff at Memorial Hermann Hospital who provided excellent and compassionate care throughout her time there. All donations can be directed to the American Heart Association. Visitation and rosary will be held Thursday, September 1, 2022 at Kasper Chapel of Alvarez-Hahn Funeral Services and Cremation, LLC, 547 8th Street, Ambridge, 724-266-2549. A funeral service will be held Friday, September 2 at St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 404 Sixth Street, Ambridge. Interment will follow at Saint-Pierre-et-Paul Cemetery.

Posted August 28, 2022

Published in Ellwood City Ledger, The Beaver County Times

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Saint Peter and Paul Cemetery, Economy


Kasper Chapel of Alvarez-Hahn Funeral Services and Cremation, LLC, 547 8th Street, Ambridge, 724-266-2549

September 01, 2022 at 14:00 – 16:00


Kasper Chapel of Alvarez-Hahn Funeral Services and Cremation, LLC, 547 8th Street, Ambridge, 724-266-2549

September 01, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


St Peter and Paul Cemetery, Ambridge

September 02, 2022 at 10:00 AM