Helen Meta Umstead

16 Oct 2019 | 12:40

    Helen Meta Umstead of Lords Valley, Pa., died peacefully on Sept. 30, 2019, at home. She was 84

    Daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Schmonsees) Hagenah, Helen was born on April 24, 1935 and raised in Hempstead, N.Y.

    She was predeceased by her husband, William L. Umstead.

    Helen was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Dingmans Ferry, the Milford Valley Quilters Guild, an Election Day volunteer and a past EMT for the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire Department. Helen enjoyed quilting, painting and playing bridge.

    She is survived by her daughter, Karen Giere and husband, Joseph; sons, John DeGrauw and Rosemary Andolina, William DeGrauw and wife, Erin, and Robert DeGrauw; five grandchildren, Brendan McCauley, Christian McCauley, Kerry McCauley, Anna DeGrauw, and Cora DeGrauw; brother, Charles Hagenah and wife, Susan; nieces, Krista Diamond and husband, Al, Petra Hagenah; and nephew Alex Hagenah. Helen was predeceased by her son James DeGrauw and first husband, Robert DeGrauw

    Visitation was held at Stroyan Funeral Home in Milford on Oct. 3. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Oct. 4 with the Rev. Niels Nielsen and the Rev. Thomas Major officiating. Burial followed at the Milford Cemetery, Dingman Township, Pa.

    Memorial donations may be made to the Pike County Area Agency on the Aging, 150 Pike County Blvd, Hawley, PA 18428, where Helen gave lectures on quilting.