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Helen Barbara (Britton) Schlaupitz

February 22, 1931 — April 5, 2020


Helen Barbara (Britton) Schlaupitz

Loved Her Family -

Helen Barbara (Britton) Schlaupitz, age 89, of Mechanicsburg, PA, and formerly of Houston, PA, passed away at home on Sunday, April 5, 2020.  Helen was born on Sunday, February 22, 1931, in Canonsburg, PA to the late Maria (Pavkovich) Britton and Louis “Louie” Britton.  Helen was the widow of William “Bill” Schlaupitz, whom she married on December 9, 1949, and who died on December 31, 2017.  In addition to her parents and husband, Helen is preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Helen’s survivors include her three children: Gloria "Dorbi" Sullivan of Bristow, VA, William “Bill” Schlaupitz and wife Victoria of Pagosa Springs, CO, Linda Maliniak and husband Dr. Keith Maliniak of Lewisberry, PA; her four grandchildren: Sheila Marie Huss, Christina Ann Gallagher, David Patrick Schlaupitz, Dana Lynn Dotterweich; her seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and Ruby May of Bristow, VA, who was like a daughter to Helen.

Some of Helen’s favorite pastimes included Polka dancing; visiting casinos to play the slots; playing poker with her family; and rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  She relished hunting antique sales to add to her collection of vintage glassware displayed in her home.   Helen was a hard worker who tended flowers, fruits and vegetables in her garden.  She delighted in making pies from scratch with her homegrown fruits to go along with the wonderful meals her family remembers.  Helen was an excellent cook who proudly prepared ethnic foods year-round and especially loved to bake for Christmas.  Her family fondly remembers Helen as a kind lady, loving mother, and fiercely proud grandmother.

Helen’s family will be remembering her life privately.  Burial in Washington Cemetery in Washington, PA will be at the family’s convenience.  Helen’s family suggests that friends and family read Helen’s full obituary, offer their condolences, share their stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a memorial candle or express a sentiment by visiting Helen’s official obituary page at

Helen’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Helen’s full obituary and sign her official guest book at

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