The late Helene C. Kretchik of Kingston Twp., formerly of West Wyoming, was a Misericordia University alumna who loved her college. Throughout her life, she was quick to share stories about her experiences as an education major and gave high praise to the Sisters of Mercy who sponsored and founded Misericordia, especially those who prepared her for a career in education.
Upon her death in October 2011, just two months shy of her 90th birthday, Kretchik's love of Misericordia became her legacy with a bequest of $400,000.
The largest alumni bequest in university history will be used to establish The Helene C. Kretchik Scholarship Fund. Income from the fund will be used to award annual scholarships to deserving students who demonstrate good moral beliefs.
"Misericordia was the foundation of Helene's life," said Christine Copeman of Harveys Lake, Kretchik's niece who made the check presentation. "Misericordia afforded her the opportunity to live life to the fullest by contributing to the lives of her students and making a difference in the lives of everyone that she touched. I would like to thank Misericordia for the education that she received."
The youngest of seven children, Kretchik was born and raised in West Wyoming and was a 1939 graduate of West Wyoming High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Misericordia in 1943 followed by a master's degree in behavioral science from Bucknell University.
A lifelong teacher, she taught at both the Exeter and Wyoming Area High Schools, where she was loved and admired by her students and fellow teachers. She remained active with Misericordia and was an active member of the Misericordia Alumni Association. She also took time to frequently volunteer for the American Red Cross.