Helene J. Kellner, 96, of Tamaqua, PA died on Saturday, July 15, in Coaldale, PA. She was the wife of the late Russell L. Kellner to whom she was married 69 years at the time of his death in 2013. Born in Tamaqua on February 9, 1921, Helene was the daughter of the late Frank and Lena (nee Maeder) Short. A 1938 graduate of Tamaqua High School, she had worked for Woolworths, Scheid's Department Store, and lastly Tami Sportswear. Helene was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua where she was active in the Adult Class including the rummage sales that the class held over the years. She is survived by daughters, Virginia Wetzel and her husband Richard of Orefield, PA and Christine Whiting and her husband Charles of Harrisburg, PA; grandchildren, Russell Bass, Richard Wetzel, Robert Wetzel, Brent Whiting, and Rebecca Lowry; and great grandchildren, Justin, Amber, Colin, Sarah, David, Ella, Griffin, Violet, and Elizabeth. Her brothers, Frank Short and John Short, also predeceased her. Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, July 21 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua with The Rev. Phyllis Wolford officiating. Interment in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Tamaqua will follow the services. Call 7-9 PM on Thursday, July 20 and 10-11 AM on Friday, July 21 at the funeral home. Memorials in Helene’s name may be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 Mauch Chunk Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc, Tamaqua.
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