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“Helen was a special person too me and my family. We had spent many occasions together including Mother's Day, Christmas Eve, Birthdays, Backyard...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Dennis Lisoski - Macomb Twp., MI

“Helen was a very special lady and "member" of our family who we loved and admired. She had a zest for life and independence that was unmatched.We...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Charlene (Lisoski) & Alan Williamson

“Helen was a kind and dear friend. We enjoyed every minute with her. She will forever be in our hearts. Love you Helen!! Will miss you. May you...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Nancy, Karen and Chris Rachwal - FL

“Helen was such a wonderful person. She would visit my mother Josephine and my father Frank in Florida all the time. My mother always had good things...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Pamela Mato - Livonia, MI

“Helen was my cousin Ray's wife and I will remember her as a kind, generous, lively person. She was very good to my parents when they were ill and I...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Marianne Ficorelli - Macomb, MI

“A dear and fun lady. I really looked up to her as a role model. Close friend of my parents,her husband Ray died within a week of my Mom Dad and Helen...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Maryann (daughter of Tony Zynel) Ivers - MI

“Helen was my best friend for many years. We had many good times together. We created many memories, too. She was a very generous, kind, cheerful...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Hedy Gaskey - Clinton Township, MI

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Helen Mary Zebrowski, age 92 of Warren, passed away the morning of Wednesday, December 27, 2017, following a long illness, at the South Lyon Senior Care & Rehabilitation Center in South Lyon, Michigan.

She was born Helen Waligora on September 17, 1925 in Ramsey, Ohio to parents Ludwik and Aniela (nee: Oleksy) Waligora, Polish immigrants who had a farm in eastern Ohio.

Helen was the beloved wife of the late Raymond Zebrowski, and formerly of Zigmund F. Bagnowski. She was the dearest aunt of Valerie Eggert, Frances (Gene) Lucier, Carol Watson, Dennis (Mary Ann) Watson, Keith (Melissa) Waligora, Tim (Suzy) Waligora, the late Ted Puch, and the late Paul Watson. Loving sister of Lucille Watson, the late Theodore Waligora, the late Alexander Waligora, the late Margaret Puch, and sister-in-law of Eunice Waligora. She is also survived by several great nieces, great nephews, and close friends.

As a young woman, Helen moved to the Detroit area and threw herself into that community. Helen was a woman who valued hard work, but also having fun, and who always had a sense of adventure. In her late teens she worked in the Willow Run bomber plant during World War II. She and her sister Lucille were among the many women working as "Rosie the Riveter", contributing immensely to the Allies' effort during the war.

Later, she worked at Sanders Candy for many years doing a variety of jobs, starting with boxing chocolates and ending as head bookkeeper.

Helen lived independently into her nineties and demonstrated an energy, enthusiasm and zest for life beyond that of many people half her age. She had a vibrant social life and loved to talk with, and to help, other people. She enjoyed Bingo and playing cards with friends. Helen was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church in Sterling Heights. She was involved in many community organizations including the Red Hat Ladies, the Warren Polka Boosters, Polka Boosters Club of America, and Warren/Clinton Senior Connection.

She maintained many close friendships not only in Michigan but also in Florida, where she spent winters for much of her senior years. Throughout her illness people who loved her reached out from several states to wish her well. Helen held close, cherished relationships with her siblings and their extended families throughout her life.

Helen was known for being spirited and speaking her mind – and, simultaneously, being kind-hearted, humorous and generous.

Helen will lie in state on Tuesday, January 2nd from 10:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 14115 Fourteen Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. Interment will follow on Wednesday, January 3rd with a 1:30 pm Committal Service at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207… or to the Sister's of Charity, BVM, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003-7991.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren.

Please share memories of Helen at her memory book above.