Helen Choka

March 27, 1929February 16, 2018
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Helen E. Choka went peacefully to her Lord on February 16, 2018, at St. Anne's Nursing Home surrounded by family. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Vasil and Olga (Paliganoff) Eshcoff on March 27, 1929. She attended Central High School and on June 29, 1947, married Russell V. Choka.

Helen and Russ were parents to Ron, Kathy, and Mike (Barbara Choka-Snider (John)) Choka. She was a proud grandmother to Andy (Elizabeth) Choka of Fishers, Indiana, and Matt (Stephanie) Choka of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and great-grandmother to Mason Choka.

Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She had a generous, considerate heart and gave warmly of herself whenever there was a need. A daughter of Macedonian parents, she was proud of her heritage and renowned for her baking, especially her pitas!

She loved her family business of 104 years, Fort Wayne's Famous Coney Island Wiener Stand. Upon her father's death, her husband became co-owner.

Helen was the youngest of six children: Luba (Christoff), John, infant Helen, William, and Robert. She was preceded in death by husband, Russ, son, Michael, her sisters, and brothers, John and Bob. She is survived by her son and daughter; grandsons; great-grandson; brother, William (Norma) and sister-in-laws, Anita (Alex) Choka; Natka (Bobby) Eshcoff; Norma (Bill) Eshcoff as well as many beloved cousins, nephews and nieces.

Helen was deeply devoted to her Catholic faith, her family, friends, and heritage. She appreciated these and all the joy and laughter that they brought to her in her nearly 89 years. She counted them as gifts from GOD. Helen, the image of elegance, lived the life of a faith-filled woman; a woman beloved and admired by those whose lives she touched.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1122 S. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802). Monsignor Robert Schulte officiating. Viewing will be Friday, February 23, 2018, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home (6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819). Viewing hours are from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home, and one hour prior to Mass. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park (6750 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804).

Helen requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Eternal Word Television Network.


  • Visitation Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 24, 2018

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Debbie Hesterman

February 24, 2018

Dear Choka family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your lovely mother. Dorothy and I were unable to make it to the funeral home to visit with you. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.
Love, Debbie (Angeloff) Hesterman

David Paliganoff

February 24, 2018

Ron, sorry to hear about your Mother. She always kept us aware of the Paliganoff /Eshcoff relationship. Many years ago I remember being your Confirmation sponsor. Hope all is well. You had great parents. Love to all your family & relatives.

Jeanette Peters

February 23, 2018

Ron, so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Hugs to you! Jeanette Peters

E Baker and Family

February 23, 2018

To my dear friend Kathy and all her family- Sincere condolences in the loss of your beautiful mother. She was a warm,generous,kind,loving,fun filled,and spirited woman who will be greatly missed by all. I know she missed your dad terribly , and Mike as well,and longed to be with them once again. Such wonderful memories you all have of her,and the wonderful gracious lady that she was. Gentle, yet strong as a rock,and not afraid to speak up in truth-especially when it came to her family. A woman to truly be admired. May God hold you close in this time of sadness and walk with you on this journey. God Bless E Baker and Family

February 23, 2018

Kathy and Ron,

I am saddened by the news of your mom's passing. It is never easy to lose a parent. Both of you, and your family members, are in my thoughts.

Suzy Schafer

February 22, 2018

Kathy and Ron, so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We have many memories of a beautiful lady.

Norma Christon

February 22, 2018

Ron and Kathy, Sorry for the loss of your mother. God bless you. The Funich Family

February 21, 2018

Ronnie and Kathy, sending my condolences to you on the passing of your mother. Thinking of you.

Barbara Steckler Logan (Wolcottville, IN)

tammy kunce

February 21, 2018

Ron ~
We are so sorry to hear about your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. May the wonderful memories bring you comfort.
love, jim and tammy kunce

Kathy Zuber

February 21, 2018

Ronnie and Kathy...
So very sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.