OBITUARY

Helen Walczak

November 21, 1922February 6, 2019

Helen Walczak passed away at age 96 peacefully in her home Tuesday morning with her son nearby after a brief illness. She is predeceased by her husband Edwin, and by 13 other siblings. She is survived by her son Edwin Walczak of New York City, and by many loving nieces and nephews who often visited and cared for her. Helen was born at home in Pachaug during the Depression. The family lived on a farm and was very poor. She shared her bed with sisters Jane and Ann, there was no running water in the house and farm animals were the source of their food. Only one sister was able to attend high school as everyone had to work. But, she remembered those childhood times as some of the fondest. Helen married former Philadelphia Phillies baseball player Edwin Walczak in January 1951, whom she met at a square dance at the Pachaug Grange. She looked like a model in her wedding gown and they were a handsome couple. She gave birth to one son in 1953. Prior to marriage, Helen worked at various mills in the area, and after marriage she became a housewife and a devoted mother. Later in life, Helen became a world traveler, first with her husband, and then with her son. She visited such exotic locations as Brazil and Venezuela and traveled often to Arizona and Florida with her son on business trips. Her favorite movie was The Sound of Music and she once visited Salzberg, Austria where the movie was filmed. She baked lots of delicious Polish food and was a big fan of the Food Channel. Helen was a beautiful, gracious woman who was a hard worker and was always nice to other people. She always had a positive attitude. She lived in the same house in Norwich for over 60 years. She will be forever loved and forever missed. The family will have a memorial celebration of her life at a later date. Please visit www.churchandallen.com to leave an online condolence for the Helen’s family.

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REMEMBERING

Helen Walczak

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Sherry Riley

February 9, 2019

When our paths would cross at family gatherings her adorable greeting to me was always, “You look like the girl who turns the letters on Wheel a Fortune.” Thank you Aunt Helen!
As I remember Aunt Helen I also think about my grandmother Anne. They both were exceptional role models and upstanding people in my life who genuinely cared about family, friends and all who entered their lives. When we have a lost of a loved one, we keep the memories and qualities we admired close in our hearts. The love, honesty, strength and integrity I learned from Aunt Helen and Grandma will forever be in my heart.
Edwin, we are very sorry for the loss of your mother, she was the last of the fourteen Babik siblings, who all will be remember and reflected on at this time. She will be lovingly missed.

Sherry, Kevin and Ryan Riley

Kimberly Logan

February 8, 2019

With deepest sympathy. My Aunt was a wonderful mother and woman. I'll cherish the memories and times we had together. Always in my prayers. Sincerely, Cynthia Simmons

Kimberly Logan

February 8, 2019

Our deepest condolences. Aunt Helen was a beautiful, classy woman. We'll always remember the great times we had as a family. Sincerely, Kimberly and Samantha Logan

dennis riley

February 8, 2019

Eddie--I extend condolences on your mother's death...her obituary wonderfully outlines her nearly ten decades of life...I always enjoyed time with your father during our days on the Norwich Hall of Fame committee...

Paula and bill Prucha

February 8, 2019

A lovely woman so glad to have her as an aunt Edwin you are the best son a mother could have sorry for your loss love Paula and bill

Mary Ellen Babik

February 7, 2019

There are so many fond memories I have of my Aunt Helen. Out of my dad’s seven older sisters, Aunt Helen was one of my favorites. I admired her honesty, integrity, and genuineness. My dad often referred fondly to Aunt Helen as “The Queen” because of those same qualities. I will always remember her last visit with my dad a few days before he passed just about one year ago. It was a touching good-bye between brother and sister. Although she will be sadly missed here I know my father will be happy to see her again.
With Loving Memory and Deepest Sympathy,
Mary Ellen Babik


Peggy Herbert

February 7, 2019

Aunt Helen was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. We loved having her over for birthday parties and Christmas. She was always so appreciative and complimentary of every little detail. We loved sitting and talking with Aunt Helen. She would always show such a genuine interest in what was going on in our family. She had a kind and caring heart. She will be greatly missed.

David Miler

February 7, 2019

I did not realize that Helen grew up on a farm. So did both of my parents and I am heartened to see that she had fond memories of that simple childhood. I remember Helen visiting her son Ed at Columbia University once in the mid 1970's where Ed and I were friends and colleagues. Somehow I had taken one of his wooden clothes hangers and she knew that he was missing one. I was the obvious culprit and was taken to task for the "theft". I have always been worried that it might show up someday in my closet. What a great mother she was!

Dave Miller
Winnetka, IL.

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