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Helen Tyriw Pstrak
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  • Christ Our King Senior Ministry
    1149 Russell Drive
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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“My deepest sympathy to the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Pstrak briefly when I was a Lt. JG serving under her husband Captain Ted W....Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: John M. Rivers, Jr. - Charleston, SC

“I'm saddened by the passing of my Aunt Helen. She was one special lady. I loved her stories of her travels of which there were many. She will be...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara Hartman - Naples, FL

“Dear Pstrak Family,I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a lovely lady and I always enjoyed working with her.Evie Evans ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Evie Evans - Mount Pleasant, SC

“My love to Myron and the family. Your mom was a great lady! ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Ashley Pennington - Charleston, SC

“To the Pstrak family, our condolences on the death of Aunt Helen. We wish we could say so in person. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Les and Leonard Wujcik - PA

“David, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. Our thoughts are with you back here at work and we wish you well getting through your...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Jon Woodfield - Lovettsville, VA

“Dearest Myron, you have our deepest sympathy for the loss of a special loved one. We are here if you need us - just call! Our prayers for your...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Harriet Cochran - Charleston, SC

“Mary and Myron, please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother.Eugene Koester, Your former piano teacher ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Nice memories of Helen. She's the one who introduced me to Ukrainian Easter eggs. What an artist! Thinking of your family at this time. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Sherry Martschink - Summerville, SC

“Myron, so very sorry for your loss. Our Mothers' are very special and dear to us. Will be thinking of you and your family over the coming days in...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Louise Anderson - Charleston, SC


Helen Tyriw Pstrak, 92, of Mount Airy, MD, former longtime resident of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and widow of Capt. Theodore Wesley Pstrak, Sr., USN (Ret.), died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Mount Airy, MD. The Rite of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Christ Our King Catholic Church, 1122 Russell Dr., Mt. Pleasant at 11:00am. Entombment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens, 1308 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant. The family will receive friends Monday, July 23, 2018, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm with a Rosary beginning at 6:00pm at J. HENRY STUHR FUNERAL HOME, INC., MT. PLEASANT CHAPEL, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road.

Helen was born in Olyphant, PA, daughter of the late Porfyl Tyriw and the late Maria Dzuban Tyriw. She received her Bachelor of Art Education degree from Penn State University and was a former school teacher. She was a former parishioner at Christ Our King Catholic Church, where she and her husband worshiped since 1976. She was a talented artist, especially as a water colorist, and she also taught thousands of people the art of decorating Ukrainian Easter Eggs. She was very devout and active in her parish and with Rosary Cenacle prayer groups. She and her family moved 19 times during her husband's naval career. She was very outgoing and had a memorable beautiful smile.

She is survived by her brother William Tyriw of East Benton, PA; her daughter Mary Pstrak Runyan of Fort Worth, TX; her son Myron Anthony Pstrak and his husband Charles Robinson of Brevard, NC; her son Theodore Wesley Pstrak, Jr. and his wife Julie Pstrak of North Charleston, SC; her son Stephen Michael Pstrak and his wife Deborah of Gilbert, SC; and her son David Pstrak, Sr. and his wife Theresa of Mount Airy, MD. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, including Andrea Runyan of Albuquerque, NM; Daniel Runyan of New York, NY; Andy Pstrak and Tradd Pstrak of North Charleston, SC; Philip Pstrak of Greenwood, SC; Anna Pstrak of Columbia, SC; David Pstrak, Jr. of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and Kathryn Pstrak of Columbia, MD; and lastly, she will be missed by her companion dog, Marley. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents and her sister Kathryn Yacklon of Rochester, NY.

Memorials may be made to Christ Our King Senior Center, 1122 Russell Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.