Helen Ann Kulak

  • Born: November 27, 1931
  • Died: August 8, 2016
  • Location: Paxton, Massachusetts

Henry-Dirsa Funeral Service

33 Ward St
Worcester, MA 01610

Tel. (508) 756-8346

Tribute & Message From The Family


Helen A. (Witkowski) Kulak, 84, passed away peacefully to the home of her Lord and Savior surrounded by her family and close friends at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester, MA on Monday, August 8, 2016.
Helen was born on November 27, 1931 in Worcester, MA to Pauline (Ryzeja) Kiskiel Witkowski and Charles Witkowski. Growing up, she lived in Worcester and graduated from St. Mary's High School, and attended Worcester School of Business and Science. In 1953, she met the love of her life, Edward Kulak, they were wed and spent 32 happy, honeymoon years together. They had no children.
During her lifetime, Helen was a long-time employee as a Payroll Clerk/Human Resources Assistant in a number of well-known Worcester institutions that included the Washburn Company, Thompson Steel Company and the Fairlawn Hospital from which she retired in 1996 after 28 years of service. Upon her retirement, Helen was a dedicated volunteer at Audio Journal, reading weekly on-the-air, for almost 20 years. She was also a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (St. Mary's) of Worcester, St. Mary's Women's Guild, St. Mary's 240 Club, and Paxton Silver Sneakers. Other interests included her wanderlust to travel, especially to the many Polish events and PAV Conventions which were a great part of her life, taking it one day at a time to sit back and watch for the swans to pass by, and of course visiting the nearby casinos. Always enjoying life to its fullest, she would smile and say, "What happens in Las Vegas"
Perhaps her greatest passion was her dedication to her Polish heritage and support of the Polish American Veterans (PAV) and Auxiliary organization. Since the club's inception in the 1960'S, Helen has been an active supporter. Over the years she has held numerous local and state-level offices. Local PAV Auxiliary offices Helen has held included Madam President, Senior Vice President, and Corresponding Secretary, which she held until her death. State PAV Auxiliary offices she held included State President, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, Sgt-At-Arms, Historian, Corresponding Secretary, and Chaplain, a position she only recently retired from due to her sudden illness.
Being predeceased by her parents and her husband, Helen is also predeceased by her two half-sisters, Statia (Kiskiel) Benuskavich and Mary (Kiskiel) Benedict.
Helen leaves behind her nieces and nephews Joseph Benedict, and his wife Tricia, of Whitefield, ME and Northboro, MA; Joanne Caulfield, and her husband Stephen, of Orr's Island, ME; Helen Marie Wesloski, and her husband James, of Southwick, MA; Annette Pettis, and her husband Dennis, of Lilburn, GA; Damian Dileo, and his wife Carol, of Millbury, MA; Joseph Dileo of Millbury, MA. She also leaves her sister-in-law Helen Dileo of Millbury, MA, with whom she spent many holidays and happy summer reunions with along with her six great nieces and nephews and eight great-great nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many close friends, PAV associates and special friends that were like family to her, always there for her.
Helen, her family and her special friends would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Rose Monahan Hospice Home for their kindness, support and understanding during our time there, especially of the unique little rituals we sometimes shared! It was much appreciated! Nastrovje!
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church,
34 Ward St., Worcester from HENRY-DIRSA FUNERAL HOME, 33 Ward Street on Friday, August 12, 20116 at 12 noon. Burial will be at Notre Dame Cemetery alongside her husband. Calling hours in the funeral home will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The PAV Auxiliary will perform their ritual at 11:00 a.m.