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Helen M. (Long) Lieb Phister

Born: Sat., Aug. 31, 1929
Died: Thu., Mar. 25, 2021


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tue., Mar. 30, 2021
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Mar. 30, 2021
Location: Ashville

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Wed., Mar. 31, 2021
Location: Basilica of St. Michael

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Helen M. Lieb Phister, 91, Loretto, died March 25, 2021. Born August 31, 1929 in Patton, daughter of the late George W. and Helena L. (Gauntner) Long. Preceded in death by first husband, James W. Lieb and second husband, James E. Phister, sons; James E. Lieb and Thomas J. Phister, son in law, Bernard Salzman, grandson, T.J. Phister, brothers; Earl and Joseph, and sisters; Edna, Sister Mary Flora IHM, Gertrude Ranish and Edith Pfohl. Survived by children; Diane Salzman, George (Jeanne) Lieb, Patricia Lieb, Greg Lieb, Karol (Rose Marie) Lozinski, Marjorie (Gary) Whitlock, Jim (Cathy) Phister, Tim (Jeannie) Phister, Amy (J.R. ) Forsythe, and Ed (Renee ) Phister, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, sister, Dorothy Lieb, sister in law, Rosemary Long, and numerous nieces and nephews. Helen enjoyed music and gave many piano lessons, she enjoyed family games, and traveling. She received a BA Degree from Penn State University, in music education, and worked as a music teacher for Penn Cambria Middle School for many years, and played at the Carmelite Monastery and St. Michael School, Loretto. Helen was a member of the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Loretto, where she served as the choir director and organist for over 50 years. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 Am Wednesday March 31, 2021 at the Basilica, Very Rev. John D. Byrnes, celebrant. Committal, St. Michael Cemetery, Loretto. Fiends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM Tuesday at the Gibbons Funeral Home, 1688 Liberty, St., Ashville, PA 16613, where a Vigil Service will be held Tuesday afternoon. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Basilica of St. Michael, in Helen’s memory. www.gibbonsfhashvillecoalport.com



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Sis and Ron Ramsey
   Posted Fri March 26, 2021
Deepest sympathy for your loss. We will keep the family in our prayers.

Helen's wings were ready but your hearts my not be, may you find peace and comfort in your memories of Helen
God bless you all

Mark Davis
   Posted Sat March 27, 2021
To the Phister Family,

I have nothing but wonderful memories of your Mom. She was a very good friend of our family. May God be with her and all of you. Prayers

Debbie Carnley
   Posted Sat March 27, 2021
So sorry to hear this. I will keep her and all of her family in my prayers

Barbara (Kuzemchak) Barry
   Posted Sat March 27, 2021
Mrs Lieb taught me organ and was a great friend and mentor to me for many years. She was a truly gifted musician and a lovely person. My sympathy to all of you

Maria Kleponis
   Posted Sun March 28, 2021

Monet's Garden Basket was sent by Dorothy Lieb and Family.

Treasured Memories. From Your Loving Sister, Dorothy and Family

Joseph Bentivegna
   Posted Mon March 29, 2021
To the Lieb Family - George and Diane.

Very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I have fond memories of her teaching me to play the piano and organ. She also helped me with my singing. But she was a wonderful person. We have a CD (made by my brother Tony) of the beautiful Christmas mass she composed. We all enjoyed her company and playing pinochle with her. May she rest in peace.

Joe Bentivegna

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