Born in Jackson Township, Nov. 22, 1930, she was a daughter of Norman C. and Alma P. Barnes Oakes.
Mrs. Reither was a 1948 graduate of the former Stoneboro High School.
For more than 23 years she worked at the Shannon’s Kandy Kitchen of Mercer and was also co-owner of Hannah’s Furniture and Lace, Mercer, with her sister Ruth.
Most of all Helen was a homemaker and loved taking care of her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
As an accomplished seamstress, cook and baker she loved teaching those skills to her children and grandchildren. She was a great mentor to them and a role model for all.
She was a member of the Stoneboro Presbyterian Church, where she had served as an elder, deacon, trustee and was a member of the PYAD Sunday School class.
Helen was well known as a volunteer and served the community in many capacities, including coordinator with Lakeview Area Meals on Wheels, Stoneboro Garden Club, Stoneboro Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary to name a few.
She was an inspiration to all who met her. She loved planting flowers throughout the community and was always ready to serve others in need, especially sharing her chicken soup to those that were ill.
Her husband, James W. Reither, whom she married Oct. 27, 1950, survives at home; also surviving are: two daughters, Paula “Polly” L. Slater and husband Dean, Sandy Lake, and Cheri L. Mazza, New Canaan, Conn.; two sons, Ronald D. Reither and wife Ruth Ann, Greenville, and Richard J. “Rick” Reither and wife Lannie, Stoneboro; nine grandchildren, Kelly Deniker and husband Clay; and Ricky Reither and wife Linnie, all Stoneboro; James B. Slater and wife Natalie; and Joseph D. Slater, all Sandy Lake; Molly Davis and husband Ryan, Greenville; Benjamin Reither and wife Amber, Hermitage; Melissa Johnson and husband Desmond, Stoneboro; Megan Muschick, Olean, N.Y.; and Connor Mazza, New Canaan; 11 great grandchildren; two sisters: Ruth Shannon and husband Glenn, Mercer, and Jean Schodlatz and husband William, Ruston, La.; a brother James E. Oakes and wife Mary Ellen, Jackson Center; three sisters-in-law: Virginia Shutt, Lehigh Acres, Fla., Ann Jackson and husband Dick, Shiremanstown, Pa., and Patti Oakes, Jackson Center.
She was preceded in death by: her parents and two brothers, N. Charles and Ralph T. Oakes.
Memorial contributions can be made to Lakeview Area Meals on Wheels, PO Box 548, Stoneboro, 16153.
Mrs. James W. (Helen), 83, Stoneboro.
Calling hours: 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday (12-8-13) in the SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro and from 10 a.m. until time of service Monday (12-9-13).
Funeral service: 11 a.m. Monday (12-9-13) in the Stoneboro Presbyterian Church, 7 Linden St., Stoneboro with Rev. Adam J. Rodgers, pastor, assisted by Rev. Bruce A. Hinderliter, retired Presbyterian minister.
Interment: Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.