Helen L. French
Helen L. (Reinhard) French, 92, formerly of Northview Avenue, New Castle, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 12, 2020, at her home in Pulaski.
Mrs. French was born on April 21, 1927, in New Castle, a daughter of the late Carl and Elsie (Gillespie) Reinhard.
A lifelong area resident, she graduated from New Castle High School in 1944.
A dedicated homemaker for many years, Helen later worked as a transportation assistant and secretary at the Department of Defense for 12 years.
A devout catholic, Helen was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex, where she served as a lector and belonged to the Altar-Rosary Society. She was previously a member of St. Mary Church, New Castle.
She volunteered at the Dwelling Place in Farrell and was also active in Sweet Adeline's and Compassionate Friends of Hermitage.
Her husband of nearly 60 years, Robert C. French, whom she married on Sept. 18, 1948, preceded her in death on Sept. 7, 2008.
Surviving are two daughters, Helen McAnallen, with whom she made her home in Pulaski, and G. Alane Ferrara of New Castle; a son, Robert Mark French of Charlotte, North Carolina; two brothers, Thomas Reinhard of Olmstead, Ohio, and R. Daniel Reinhard of Oak Park, Illinois; a sister, Madelon Logan of Rocky River, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by a son, Brain French; a daughter, Mary Jo Jones; a grandson, John Robert McVay; two brothers, Carl and J. Jude Reinhard; two sisters, Charlotte Cozza and Mary Dominicis; and a son-in-law, Louis Ferrara.
The family would like to thank "The Team" whom took such exceptional care of her, a niece, Christine McCune; and friends, Donna Peterson, Rene Welsh, and Mary Ann Medved.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at St. Mary's Church, 124 N. Beaver St., New Castle, with the Rev. Brendan Dawson serving as celebrant.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Union Township.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Published on February 13, 2020


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Mary Louise Isabella McHattie
Feb 19, 2020
Helen was one of the ladies that introduced me to Sweet Adelines over 30 years ago. She was quite a character and way ahead of her time. Such fond memories! My deepest sympathy to all the family.
John E Smith Jr
Feb 14, 2020
My deepest sympathies go out to the French family. May God give you the peace that you seek.