Helena Pietrykowski


Helena Pietrykowski, 95, of Defiance, passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

She was born on May 15, 1918, to Jozef and Fronczak (Apolonia) Pawela in Gulkowo, Poland. On May 14, 1945, she married Gerhard Pietrykowski, and he preceded her in death on July 25, 2003.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she was active in the Noodle Club, helped prepare funeral luncheons, and cooked for the priests. Helena was a cook for the Tip Top Restaurant and the Kettenring Country Club. She enjoyed baking, especially cookies for her family and friends. She also enjoyed cooking meals and spending time with her grandchildren.

Helena is survived by her sons, Gabriel (Deborah) Pietrykowski of Bryan, Edward (Dorthy) Pietrykowski of Defiance; daughter, Sophia (Charles) Froelich of BelleVille, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerhard Pietrykowski; and a brother, Jan Pawela.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 30, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, where a vigil service will be held at 4 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Father Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memory Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary's Pastoral Care Ministries. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.

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  • Condolences to your family from the John Dell family.  Helena had a wonderful life with a great family that we were blessed to share many special events with Sophia.  May the many happy memories help you through these next few months.


    Craig Sheets family, Rita Dell family, Shawn Patane family and Andy Dell family