(Slosser) Relation Obituary Helen L. (Slosser) Relation, resident of Reading, died at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, MA, on December 13, 2021. She was born in Kingston, PA, to George and Susan (Evanko) Slosser on September 29, 1931.
Helen graduated as the valedictorian from St. Mary's High School in Wilkes Barre, PA. She earned a BA in Journalism at Marquette University where she also developed a love for beer and a strong commitment to the Jesuit philosophy of social justice. While working as a journalist in NYC, Helen met her husband, Alfred Relation, who predeceased her in 2009. They were married at Holy Trinity Church in Swoyersville, PA. Helen continued working part-time as a journalist while raising her two children. Faith, family and service were most important to Helen. She had a love for life, laughter, storytelling, travel and college football. She took Communion to nursing homes, volunteered at women's shelters, worked with the St. Vincent DePaul Society to help those less fortunate, and was a member of the Tanglewood (MA) Music Center Volunteers. She enjoyed people and was always willing to listen and offer advice when needed.
Helen was actively involved in all of her grandchildren's lives. In addition to babysitting and hosting family dinners, she enthusiastically attended every extracurricular event, from dance recitals and swim meets to karate belt tests and plays. She also participated in the major events in their lives - First Communions, Confirmations, graduations and a wedding - with a strong sense of pride for each of them. Helen supported not only her family members, but also their friends. She even became known as the Chorus Grandmother at Austin Preparatory School.
Helen is survived by her children Joseph and his wife, Wendy Relation, and Ann and her husband, Bob Hueston; grandchildren Catharine Relation and her husband, Bryan Gannon, Theresa Relation, Mark Relation and Mary Margaret Hueston.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Parish in Wakefield, MA, at 11:30 a.m. on December 31. At a later date, there will be another service at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Swoyersville, PA, followed by burial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery next to her husband.
The family is grateful to the staff of the Reading Fire Department and the Lahey Hospital, Burlington, for their many acts of kindness and compassion. For anyone wishing to give remembrances, the family suggests donations be made to Red Cloud Indian School in100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, South Dakota or on their website at https://www.redcloudschool.org/