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Schuylkill County Obituaries

Tara Marie Helman, 42 – Passionate About Helping Children

Tara Marie Helman, 42, formerly of Minersville, passed away unexpectedly on October 10th in York, where she resided.

Born April 16, 1979 in Pottsville, she grew up in Minersville and was the daughter of Harold Helman Jr. and the late Roseanne Laguna Helman. A graduate of Minersville Area High School, she studied Psychology at Penn State University and graduated with a Master’s degree in Psychology from Phoenix University.

A licensed Behavioral Therapist and a team leader at Laurel Life Counseling Services, Tara was passionate about helping children with behavioral health issues and empowering families to create a better quality of life. A mentor and advocate, her empathy, compassion, and unwavering support was a continuous source of inspiration to many throughout her career. Her enthusiastic demeanor, vibrant smile, and infinite encouragement is what her loved ones will miss most. Her funny, loving, gentle, and giving soul is how she will always be remembered. The kindness and unconditional love that she displayed to family, friends, coworkers, and clients is how her spirit will continue to live on in others.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her son, Aiden Mataka, and her sister, Jodi Helman, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

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A visitation to celebrate Tara’s life was held October 18 at Holy Family Parish of Minersville. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Interment followed at Saint Barbara’s Cemetery, Llewellyn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the family, who will donate the funds to a nonprofit organization that supports the work to which Tara devoted her life.

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