Helen Mae Byler, 87

Helen Mae Byler, 87Helen Mae McClenahan Byler, 87, peacefully entered through the gates of Heaven the evening of Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Shenango Presbyterian SeniorCare in New Wilmington. Helen Mae was born Sept. 25, 1925, in New Castle to Chester B. and Emma E. Grieder, Latimer. She married Henry W. "Moon" McClenahan on Jan. 19, 1946. He passed away Oct. 4, 1992. She later married Herman W. "Bud" Byler on Nov. 17, 1995. He preceded her in death July 11, 2012. She was employed at the First National Bank of New Wilmington before and after she was married. She was the tax collector for Pulaski Township for eight years. Helen Mae and "Moon" owned and operated the family farm in Pulaski. They also owned school buses and drove for the New Wilmington School district for 18 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church of New Castle and attended King's Chapel Church. Helen Mae enjoyed baking, traveling, shopping and going to the casino. She leaves her memories to be cherished by her loving daughter, Deborah (Gary) Poole; her adoring grandchildren, Kari (Jamie) Bucker, Kami Poole and Chad Poole and his fiancée, Jessie, and her son, Gage. Her most cherished gift from God was her love for family and the lights of her life, her great-grandchildren, Gavin James Bucker and McKenna Mae Bucker. During Helen's stay at Shenago, she was known as the "hostess with the mostest." She enjoyed their well-planned activities, their wonderful desserts and, most of all, making new friends. Besides her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her sister, Elsie Rech. She is also survived by her brother, Emmett (Ileen) Latimer of Michigan; a son, Henry W. (Patty Jo) McClenahan Jr.; grandson, Ty; a stepdaughter, Janice; and a stepson, Dennis (Melinda). Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Smith Funeral Home, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington. A funeral service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the funeral home with the Rev. Jeff Harter Chaplin of Family Hospice and Palliative Care in Hermitage officiating. Interment will follow in Castle View Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to breast cancer organizations.