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Helen Arlene Bortz

February 16, 1925 — May 2, 2020

Oswayo, PA – Helen A. Allen Bortz "Loving Mother, Grandmother, & Great Grandmother" Helen A. Allen Bortz, formerly of Olean, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at her home with her beloved great grandson, Christopher Shelley, surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born on February 16, 1925 in Olean and was a daughter of the late Clyde and Frances Luella Williams Allen. On December 6, 1969, in Olean, she married her husband of 28 years, Chester Bortz, who predeceased her on October 2, 1998. Helen and her 5 sisters grew up on the North Nine Mile in Allegany on the Allen Homestead, where some of her family still live. Their North Nine Mile home has always been enjoyed by all. Helen enjoyed camping in her younger years and many visits later to Florida with her parents and sisters. Her working years were mostly domestic. Helen's real pride and joy was her 4 lovely children, her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren. She lived a quiet life, was an active follower of the John Hagee Ministries, and loved her family. Helen is survived by; 4 children, David Hirt of Ashboro, NC, Barbara Hirt Poweska of Bolivar, Sandra Hirt Knox of Rew, PA, and Daniel Hirt of Allegany; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; and a brother-in-law, Gene Houben of Eustis, Florida. Along with her loving husband, Helen was predeceased by; a son, Michael Alan Hirt; a grandson, William "Billy" Joe Barth; and 5 sisters, Winifred Roth, Edith Monico, Cahterine Dorsey, Mary Houben, and Ruth Eser. At this time Funeral Services will be private. The Rev. Richard N. Keel will officiate. Burial will be at the Allegany Cemetery in Allegany. Arrangements are under the direction of the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc.,646 East State Street, Olean. Online condolences may be made at
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Thursday, May 7, 2020

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

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646 East State St., Olean, NY 14760

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