Helen Markley Boron

July 18, 1926March 28, 2011

Helen Markley Boron, 84 of Clearfield passed away Monday, March 28, 2011 at home.

She was born on July 18, 1926 in Madera, PA, the daughter of Josiah and Hulda (Olson) Markley.

Mrs. Boron was a 1948 Graduate of Pennsylvania State University in Medical Technology, while at Penn State she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, Rifle Club, PSU Letterman’s S Club, Rod and Crocus Club.

She worked as a medical technologist at Penn State University Health Services, Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, and the University of Pennsylvania Hospitals in Philadelphia. She was a member of the St. Francis Roman Catholic Church of Clearfield, Rosary and Altar Society, St. Francis Parish Council and a Volunteer at St. Francis School donating her hours of service toward the tuition program. She also served as a Eucharistic Minister.

Mrs. Boron was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Pennsylvania State University President’s Club, Life member- Penn State Alumni Association, Nittany Lion Club and American Association of University Women. She was a member of the Local Woman’s Bridge Club.

She was the Coordinator of the Clearfield Hospital Candy Striper Association and a Boy Scout Den Leader and Den Mother. In 2005, Mrs. Boron received the President’s Volunteer Service Award presented to her by President George Bush for 4000 hours of Community Service over the course of her life.

Mrs. Boron is survived by her husband Dr. Robert J. Boron, MD whom she married on August 11, 1950 at St. Peters and Paul Catholic Church, Philipsburg, PA, three children; Betsy B. Fargo and her husband Robert L. of Washington, PA, John R. Boron and his wife Brenda C. of Mt. Lebanon, PA and William P. Boron and his wife Anne W. of Strongsville, OH, eight grandchildren; Megan Fargo, Erik Fargo, Erin Fargo, Madison Boron, Olivia Boron, Alexandra Boron, Brooks Boron and Bryce Boron.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a son Robert A. Boron.

Friends will be received at the Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, Inc. of Clearfield on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 1-3 and 6-8 P.M. On Thursday, the Rosary will be recited at 5: 15 P.M. and a Vigil Service at 5:45 P.M.

A Mass of Christian burial will be said on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Francis Roman Catholic Church of Clearfield with Msgr. H. Desmond McGee as celebrant. Interment will be in the Philipsburg Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions be made to St Francis School, 230 South Second Street, Clearfield, PA 16830 or Clearfield County S.P.C.A., 541 Graham Station Road, Philipsburg, PA 16866.

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Arrangements under the direction of Bennett & Houser Funeral Home, Clearfield, PA.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 31, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, March 31, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 1, 2011

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Jennifer Marcin

April 2, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We love you! Jeff Honkus and Jennifer Marcin

Tim Buzzelli

April 1, 2011

For the few years that the Boron's lived next door to our house back in Chagrin Falls, Helen was my angel. She provided a safe, caring, refuge from the chaos next door. She took me in as one of her own and fed me a steady diet of Chips Ahoy cookies, let me watch as much Batman as I wanted and most of all shared her son John with me. Her voice always had that steady, calm, loving tone. Helen taught me the meaning of compassion. She aslo taught me how to ride a bike. I can still hear her voice trailing behind me saying " Now Tim, I know you can do this...." Truth is I think I learned because I just didn't want to let her down. That little push has kept me going longer than she would ever have imagined.
God Bless you in Heaven. I love you Mom. Dr. B., JB Brenda and all, my prayers are with you today.


Bill and Sandy Gullborg

March 31, 2011

Dear Fargo and Boron families, our deepest sympathies in the loss of your
dear Mom and loving wife. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

March 31, 2011

Gary and I want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Peggy and Gary Schwass

Jim Tourtillotte

March 31, 2011

Dear Borons,

I think of you all often. I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. Our prayers are with you.

Warm regards.

Dede Apfelbaum

March 30, 2011

Bob, Betsy, John and Bill,

Like Susie, I am so sad to hear about this. I have very fond memories of Helen. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dede Apfelbaum

Glenn & Pat Shirey

March 30, 2011

One of Penn State's finest! Our sincerest condolences to the entire Boron family. Rest in peace "Mrs. B" within the Blue & White above.

Susie Apfelbaum

March 30, 2011

Robert, Betsy, John and Bill (and families), I was so so sorry to hear about Helen's passing. She was a very kind and giving soul. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

March 30, 2011


March 30, 2011

Rest in Peace.