Helen A. Nowak

June 27, 1922July 25, 2011

Helen A. (Balfour) Nowak 89, of Chatham passed away on Monday, July 25, 2011 at Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, MA. She was the wife of the late James L. Nowak whom she met in 1945 while working as his civilian secretary when he was in the military stationed at the army base in Boston, MA. Helen was born on June 27 1922, in Boston, MA. She was the daughter of the late William and Helen (Peters) Balfour. She moved to Chatham in 1924, when her father was ask to distribute Hood Milk on Cape Cod. She was a graduate of the Dana Hall School in Wellesley and later attended The Katherine Gibbs School. Together with her husband they owned and operated The Chatham Furniture Store for over 50 years. She was a member for the Eastern Star, and the Brown, James, Buck Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 8607 in West Chatham. Helen loved sports, horse racing, animals. She was an avid Red Sox fan, and Patriots fan. In her youth she was an accomplished equestrian, showing many of her horses in the major arenas in New England and New York. She was survived by her three children, James L. Nowak Jr. and his wife Laura of Harwich, Cynthia “DooDee” Nowak of Chatham, and Susan A. Hunter and her husband Richard of Chatham, six grandchildren, and nine great-great children. She is also survived by her dear friend Sterling Marshal of Chatham and Calais, Maine. Her visitation will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2011 from 4-6 p.m. in the Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA. Her burial will be private in Union Cemetery, Chatham, MA. Memorial Donations may be made in her memory to the Chatham High School Animal Welfare Club, 425 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA 02633, The Animal Rescue League of Boston, 3981 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631 or to a charity of one’s choice. For online condolences and directions, please visit


  • Visitation Sunday, July 31, 2011

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March 7, 2012

we will all miss helen she was a wonderful person


August 24, 2011

We salute your veteran. Our condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country.

valerie gaus

July 31, 2011

sorry about the lost of your mother Jim but she will always be with you valerie [your old neighbor]

Ken Miller

July 31, 2011

Your mom was a remarkable woman who no doubt was proud of you and grateful for all you have done for her. I'm sorry for your loss.

July 31, 2011

Helen was well loved at the VFW. She will be missed.

Nancy Peter

MB Farrell-Kirkpatrick

July 30, 2011

Dear DooDee,Sue and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Mom's death. A wonderful woman with many fun stories of the 'olden' days w/ my Mom. I am sure they are comparing notes now of their 'Gibbs" days among other times. Thank you for sharing her with me. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this tough time. You have a special Angel to watch over you always - I KNOW my Mom is doing so with me. Many Blessings and much love.

Ben T. and Marilyn Nickerson

July 27, 2011

Our sicere sympathy and condolences to Helen's Family. She was a great lady.

The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home

July 26, 2011

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.