Pani Shutack Obituary, Forever In Our Heart Pani Shutack


Pani Shutack Obituary,  Death – With heavy hearts, the Diocesan Chancery announces the peaceful passing of Pani Helen Shutack, a devoted soul who left this world on Saturday, December 16, 2023, surrounded by her family in Phoenixville, PA. She was 96 years old. Pani Helen, born on March 17, 1927, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to George and Anna Selepetz, was a long-time resident of Scranton, Phoenixville, PA, and Stratford, CT. She served as Pani at the Holy Ghost Orthodox Church from 1951 to 1975 and continued her service at St. John’s Orthodox Church in Stratford (Silver Lane) from 1978 to 2006.

Pani Helen was the epitome of an exemplary Orthodox Christian priest’s wife, providing unwavering support to her husband in all aspects of parish life. Her contributions included teaching Sunday School, baking for food and bake sales, and leading congregational singing at St. John’s Parish. Beyond her church service, she worked with special needs children during her time in Connecticut.

Pani Helen is survived by her daughter Justine Bradford, her husband Dean, their children Elizabeth, her husband Eric Gall, and Steven Bradford, along with her great-granddaughter Emily. She is also survived by her son Victor, his wife Leslie, and their children Claire and Callum Shutack. Preceding her in death were her devoted husband and parents, as well as her brother George and sisters Mary, Ann, Irene, and Betti.

Her family, as well as parishioners, cherished her love for baking cakes and bread, with her pirohi and nut rolls being favorites. Visitation hours will be held on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, from 6 to 8 pm at Holy Ghost Orthodox Church, 70 Holy Ghost Way, Phoenixville, PA. A Parastas Service will commence at 7:30 pm. The Orthodox Burial Service is scheduled for 1 pm on Thursday, December 21, 2023, at the church.

Interment will take place on Friday morning, December 22, at the Sky View Memorial Park in Hometown, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Pani Helen’s honor to Holy Ghost Orthodox Church in Phoenixville, PA. “In Blessed Repose, grant eternal rest, O Lord, to your newly-departed Priest + Pani Helen, and render eternal her memory!”