Helen B. Harter, 79, of Bellefonte, went to be with The Lord on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at the Mount Nittany Medical Center. Born on February 6, 1942, in Snydertown, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Ellen (Heaton) Graves Whitman. On July 1, 1961, in Snydertown, she married Donald A. Harter. Donald passed away on June 9, 2006.
Helen was a 1960 graduate of Bellefonte Area High School. She worked as a machine operator for Woolrich Woolen Mills in Howard and Jersey Shore, retiring after many years of service. She opened a bakery shop in Zion for a short time. Helen was a member of the Zion Community Church and enjoyed her church community very much. She enjoyed baking, cooking, sewing, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She looked forward to her family gatherings and would cook up a storm of everyone’s favorite foods. She made many wedding cakes and birthday cakes over the years but concentrated on only doing it for family and close friends in the last few years.
After her mother was killed in an automobile accident, she and Don raised her brother, Floyd. Even though she had many physical limitations over the years, she would always be there to help others in need. She had a kind heart and wanted the best for everyone.
Helen is survived by her children, Keith E. Harter and his wife, Billie, of Howard, Timothy A. Harter of Howard, and Diane E. Settle and her husband, Shane, of Bellefonte. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Ashley Harter, Levi Settle, Jason Harter, Tyler Harter, Olivia Harter, Lindsey Rogers and her husband, Josh, and Samantha Barner; three great grandchildren: Keegan Rogers, Tate Rogers, and Hayze Rogers; three brothers: Roney Whitman and his wife, Faith, of Howard, Floyd Whitman and his wife, Peggy, of Williamsport, and James Graves and his wife, Donna, of Howard and one sister, Catherine Miller of State College, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by one daughter -in-law, Terry A. (Grieb) Harter, one grandson, Zachary Settle, two brothers, Webster Graves and Robert Graves, one sister, Ruth Grablow and one sister-in-law, Sherry Graves.
Visitation will be on Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 10-11:30am at the Zion Community Church in Zion. Funeral service will follow at the church at 11:30am with Pastor Scott Brown and Pastor Donald Wise officiating. Burial will be at the Zion Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation, 1702 East Highland Ave., Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kader-Neff Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. 135 Main St. Howard. An online guest book can be signed or condolences to the family available at www.kader-neff.com.
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