December 12, 1925 - April 27, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 10:00 AM St. Mary Catholic Church
Visitation Monday, May 3, 2021 from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home
Helen Claire Liskowiak, 95 of Urbana, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, April 27,
2021 in the Mercy McAuley Center, Urbana, Ohio.
Helen was born December 12, 1925 in Springfield, Ohio, the daughter of the late
Thomas A. and Mildred (Holland) Crowley. She graduated from Urbana St. Mary
Catholic High School in 1943. She was the last living graduate of her class.
Helen met Edward Liskowiak, a church decorator from Milwaukee who was hired
by St. Mary Church. They were later married on May 18, 1949.
In 1951, Helens family purchased the Urbana Monument Company.
Eddie and Helen worked side by side at the Urbana Monument Company until
1980 when Eddie died. Helen continued the family business until she finally
retired at age 84. Helen was a commercial artist who learned from the advertising
business, to become a talented, contemporary memorialist. Helen was a great
salesperson. She also designed signs, posters, letter heads and mimeographed the
St. Marys Sunday bulletin for many years.
She maintained ownership of the 1868 building, the oldest building in Urbana and
Champaign County with the same continuous business (cemetery memorials). In
1959 the couple won the Monument Builders of North America first national
design competition. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary Church.
She enjoyed traveling to Europe to visit family and to view historical monuments.
She ran the Champaign County Lung Association for many years. Helen was an
amazing, intelligent, quick witted women. She loved life, never met a stranger,
and was constantly helping others with her generosity.
As busy as she was, she always had time for her children and grandchildren,
sometimes putting them to work filing papers or dusting monuments. She adored
her grandchildren, finding the time to take them camping in tents, fishing and
hiking. Helen visited the great-grandchildren almost weekly. When Helen was in
McAuley nursing home, she always asked about the grandkids' school and their
athletics. She was interested in everything the family was doing.
In the past year, at age 95, Helen beat Covid-19 twice.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Ron) Yontz; daughter-in-law, Zara
Liskowiak; grandchildren, Jeffery Yontz, Matthew (Christina) Yontz, David
(Lindsay) Liskowiak and Jacob (Brook) Liskowiak; great grandchildren, Sydney,
Kayley, Lacey Yontz, Ashley, Hailey, Ryan Yontz and Jack Liskowiak; plus several
nieces, nephews, and a special cousin, Jack Holland.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward Liskowiak; son,
Michael J. Liskowiak; grandson, Brian Yontz, and brother, Thomas J. Crowley.
Guests are respectfully asked to wear masks and attendance will be monitored to
ensure safety for everyone attending.
A gathering of friends and family will be held from 4-6 P.M. on Monday, May 3,
2021 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 A.M. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in the
St. Mary Catholic Church, Urbana, with Father Matt Lee officiating. Pallbearers:
Ron Yontz, Jeff Yontz, Matthew Yontz, David Liskowiak, Jacob Liskowiak, and Ryan
Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Association of Champaign
County, P.O. Box 38125, Urbana, Ohio 43078.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.