April 24, 1921 – Sept. 7, 2013
Nothing made Helen V. Luksic happier than standing behind the counter scooping out fresh ice cream and chatting with her customers in Springville Dairy on Main Street, unless it was spending time with her family of six children, 21 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Luksic, who ran the dairy for more than for 30 years, died Saturday in Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, Springville. She was 92, and proud of it, said her daughter, Patricia Walczak.
“She never thought she would live that long,” her daughter said, recalling her mother had a good sense of humor and had fun telling others, “You just wait until you get to be 90.”
Mrs. Luksic was born in Pennsylvania, where she met and married her husband, Joseph, who died after 49 years of marriage. They moved to Angola, Hamburg, and finally Springville in 1954. Her husband drove a truck for Duggan Dairy, and she ran the store, then later bought the business and changed the name. She sold milk, butter and cottage cheese, and in the early 1960s she added ice cream cones and milk shakes. She made fresh whipped cream, and added berries and fruit to the tasty treats when they were in season.
She was known for offering a helping hand to others, and many fondly called her “Grandma” or “Aunt.”
Mrs. Luksic had a green thumb and was known for her African violets, Christmas cactus and other plants on her front porch. She also enjoyed playing bingo at the Springville Moose or St. Aloysius Catholic Church.
In addition to her daughter Patricia, she is survived by three other daughters, Dorothy Becony, Sylvia Delio and Karen Kaminski, and two sons, Kenneth and William.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Aloysius Church, 190 Franklin St., Springville.