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Helen Josephine Piszczek
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    7600 Grand River Avenue
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    Brighton, MI 48114

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“When I first heard of her passing. I was numb. I felt that I had slowly been losing her over the past few years. I guess I was feeling glad that...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Linda Murphy - Jupiter, FL

“Mom Piszczek stepped in as a surrogate when I lost mine. A woman with such a huge heart & love for all. When younger & calling for Julie, you always...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Sue Goll - chesterfield, MI

“Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to Joe and Judy Poterek and family. She was well loved and led a prayerful life. May God take her home to where we...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Lori and frank Simo - warren, MI

“Helen was a loving wife and mother. We have been friends with her and Lenny for many years. She always had a smile on her face and loved her family...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Joe and Janet Faron - MI

“Helen was a warm loving sister and person. We will deeply miss her. Our thought and prayers go out to Julieann and Tom and all her family and...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Joseph and Judith Poterek - MI


Helen Josephine Piszczek, age 79 of Warren, died Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Rochester, Michigan. She was born January 6, 1937 in Palms, Michigan, daughter of the late Andrew and the late Cecelia (nee: Ryszka) Poterek.

Helen's birthplace is a quaint little town located in the thumb area of Michigan, nestled by the more familiar town of Deckerville. Considered more country than city, it is where Helen and her family resided until moving to Warren when she was in 8th grade. She attended Warren's Fitzgerald High School where she ultimately earned her diploma. Following high school Helen sought out the Felician Sisters to become a nun, however a short time later she was introduced to a fine young man by the name of Leonard. That meeting would eventually turn into romance, and later martimony at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Warren.

At the young age of 19, Helen's life story turned the page on a whole new chapter when she said "I Do, she and Leonard became husband and wife on October 13, 1956, a day that would begin a wonderful journey of building a home, raising two beautiful children, and sharing in the many joys of life. Helen moved from Warren to join her new husband in their first home in Detroit. But time brought change, and that change meant returning to Warren where they planted some longstanding roots, caring for family, entertaining and later watching her grandchildren grow.

Along with being a homemaker and Mom, Helen worked outside of the home as a Communications Clerk for Holy Cross Hospital in Detroit. She was certainly placed in the right environment as Helen possessed a kind and caring personality, and always sought to be a caregiver wherever and whenever possible. She may not have been hands-on with the hospital patients but was certainly the warm and soothing voice on the other end of the telephone for countless people in the community.

When she wasn't working, she loved giving Ol' Lady Luck a run for her money at the casinos,…or simply in a rousing game of card playing with family and friends. Later in life, Helen was also quite the involved Grandma. She found great enjoyment in attending her grandchildren's sporting events and received that ultimate lift of watching her grandchildren graduate. Her family and grandchildren were truly the light of her world and gave her a very special reason to love. Beyond attending her grandchildren's sporting events Helen was a devoted Detroit sports fan. Whenever able Helen enjoyed watching the Detroit Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions.

Helen was also known for possessing an immense pride in her Polish heritage, a reality that was often witnessed in her joy of Polish music and food. Not only did Helen enjoy going out for Polish meals, she could also create her own wonderful traditional meals passed down throughout the generations. Another aspect of Helen's beautiful spirit was found in her faith in God. Devout in her beliefs, Helen was a prayerful woman who devoted her life to being a servant of her Lord, and worked out her faith as a proud parishioner of St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Warren. She was involved in many vocations that touched many lives throughout her journey. It is truly what made her the caring and compassionate person that everyone knew her to be.

A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Helen was extremely dedicated to her family and they truly meant the world to her. The legacy of love she leaves will forever be a testimony to the life she led and the inspiration she was to all who were blessed to know her. She will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Helen was the beloved wife of the late Leonard. Dear mother of Julie Ann (Kevin) West, and Thomas Piszczek. Loving grandmother of Cameron and Marissa, and sister of Stanley (Helene) Poterek, John Poterek, Joe (Judy) Poterek, Ed (Linda) Poterek, Betty (John) Salamango, the late Jerry Poterek, and the late James Poterek.

Visitation for Helen will be held Sunday, November 27th from 3-9pm, with a 7pm Scripture Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. She will lie in state Monday, 9:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 9:30 am at St. Michael Catholic Church in Sterling Heights. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, 7600 Grand River Avenue, Suite 175, Brighton, MI 48114 - www.michigan.wish.org Please share memories of Helen at her memory book above.