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Helen Jurgill

November 26, 1920 — January 18, 2020

Helen Jurgill, 99 of Ashland and formerly of Centralia passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Manhattan, NY on November 26, 1920 she was the daughter of the late Paul and Frances (Zablotsky) Kotofsky.

Helen grew up in Manhattan and attended business school in New York City. She worked as a court stenographer there for three years. Helen was married in Manhattan in 1940 to Michael (Mickey) John Jurgill, Sr. from Centralia who preceded her in death on March 4, 1975 at the age of 57. Mickey was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Marowski) Jurgill. Helen and Mickey met in Manhattan where Mickey was temporarily employed. Helen moved to Centralia with her husband and they remarried in at St. Ignatius Church in Centralia on June 21, 1941. Mickey was a coal miner and they resided in Centralia for many years.
Helen was a member of the former St. Ignatius Parish in Centralia. She moved to Ashland and has been a member of the former St. Joseph’s Parish and now a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

Her interests included family, sewing, old movies, listening to music and dancing. Helen devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members, including her mother until she passed away at age 87 and her cousin Walter Janiszewski who passed at age 86.

Helen was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Surviving are two daughters and one son, Joan Jurgill of Catawissa, John Jurgill of Catawissa and Celia Lachiri of Old Bridge, New Jersey; two grandchildren, Jason Jurgill and Wendy Montoya children of John Jurgill and Elaine (Homiak) Barnhart; four great grandchildren, Miranda and Joshua Jurgill children of Jason and Jen Jurgill and Saryn and Declan Montoya children of Wendy and Anthony Montoya. Helen will be fondly remembered by her extended family members, her surviving sister-in-law, Rose (Jurgill) Kowalchick, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by one son, Michael (Mickey) Jurgill, Jr. on November 17, 2010; two sisters, Cecilia Honrath and Irene Winter and one brother, Joseph Kotofsky.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland with the Rev. Francis Iroot officiating. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Centralia. A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 8:30 am until 10:00 am at the Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home, 40 South Market Street, Mt. Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz, III Supervisor. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Attention Memorials, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, by calling 1-800-822-6344 or visit To leave a condolence to the family, please sign the guestbook at

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

8:30 - 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home

40 South Market Street, Mount Carmel, PA 17851

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Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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St. Ignatius Cemetery

, Centralia, PA

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