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Helen B. Strait

March 11, 2003

HARRISONVILLE, Pa. - Helen Blanche Strait, 83, of P.O. Box 40, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Woodland Retirement Center in Orbisonia, Pa.

Born Jan. 12, 1920, in Pleasant Ridge, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Elvie M. and Regina Decker DeShong.

Her husband, Norman B. Strait, died on Feb. 14, 1982. They were married in 1936.

She was a seamstress at Fort Loudon Sewing Factory and at Sagner's in McConnellsburg, Pa.

She was a member of Sideling Hill Christian Church, Needmore, Pa.

She was a member of Greenhill Sewing Club, Harrisonville, and Sideling Hill Church Ladies Aide.

She is survived by three daughters, Frances Barnhart and Mary M. Bookheimer, both of Hustontown, Pa., and Helen M. Peiffer of Harrisonville; two sons, Raymond R. Strait of Hustontown, and Kenneth L. Strait of Harrisonville; two sisters, Anna M. Clevenger of Fort Littleton, Pa., and Esther Mellott of St. Thomas, Pa.; one brother, Gilbert DeShong of McConnellsburg; 14 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

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She was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Hann and Nettie Boisvert; three brothers, Wishard DeShong, George O. DeShong and James L. DeShong; one granddaughter; one great-grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Sideling Hill Christian Church, Needmore. The Rev. William Swope and Pastor Christian Elliott will officiate. Burial will be in Sideling Hill Christian Cemetery, Needmore.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, Harrisonville, which will open at 2 p.m. There will be visitation at the church Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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