Helen M. Giancola, co-owner/founder of Ellwood City, Pa.-based Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales Inc., passed away Saturday (Jan. 28) in the Good Samaritan Hospice. She was 79.
Giancola was born on Feb. 4, 1937, in Ellwood City to the late Ernest and Theresa Sandora DeCaro Sr. She graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1951. In addition to RV Clem’s RV, Giancola and her husband, Clem, co-founded Clem’s Electronics, the 8-Til-Late on 88 Food Mart, Riverside Chrysler Dodge, the Ellwood City Boron Station and Riverside Pizza.
Giancola is survived by her daughter, Julie (Robert) Richards of Brighton Twp., sons, Greg Giancola of Brighton Twp., and Randy (Ann) Giancola of Cranberry Twp., daughter-in-law, Maria Giancola of North Huntington; her grandchildren, Lily Giancola, Stephen (Megan) Giancola, Daniel (Katie) Giancola, John Richards, Shelby Giancola, Jessica (Kenny) Robertson, Vinny Giancola, and Joey Giancola and her great grand-daughter, Mackenzie Giancola. She is also survived by her sister, Pauline (Cosmo) Conforti of Franklin Twp., her brothers Dr. John (Terese) DeCaro and Angelo DeCaro both of Ellwood City, sister-in-law, Carol DeCaro of Ellwood City, her brother-in-law, Norman (Rose Marie) Giancola of North Sewickley Twp., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clem J. Giancola, Jr. whom she married on Sept.8, 1956 and passed away on December 29, 2012, her son, Clem Giancola III, her brothers, Ernest DeCaro Jr. and Peter DeCaro, and her two nieces, Melissa Giancola and Mary Terese DeCaro.
Visitation will be held today from 4-8 p.m .in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Mausoleum. Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Tuesday by 9:50 a.m. to form an honor guard. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Tuesday by 9:20 a.m.
Memorial contributions in Giancola’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund, or to the Good Samaritan Hospice Beaver Unit, c/o Concordia Lutheran Ministries Foundation, 134 Marwood Rd., Cabot, Pa., 16023.