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Helen Nowocinski

October 15, 1923 January 20, 2013
Helen Nowocinski
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Obituary for Helen Nowocinski

Helen Zapala Nowocinski, a longtime resident of Highland, saw the face of Jesus early in the morning of Sunday, January 20, 2013. She was 89 years old.

Born on October 15 in 1923, in Detroit, Helen was one of six sisters of Frank and Antoinette Zapala. Helen was married to Constantine �Gus� Nowocinski on May 22, 1943; they were married 36 years until Gus� death in 1979. Helen was one of the most loving and hard-working people in The Church of the Holy Spirit�s parish community. She will be deeply missed.

Helen is preceded in death by her husband Constantine �Gus� Nowocinski in 1979 and sisters; Anna Ostrowski, Eleanor Russell, Stella DeDominico, and Bernice DeMathis. She is survived by her daughter Antoinette �Toni� (Al) Griffin of Flower Mound, Texas; her son Steve (Bobbie) Nowocinski of Las Vegas, Nevada; five granddaughters, Colleen Adams, Kerri Chen, Jennifer Griffin, Erin Gunn and Renee Kutac; eight great grandchildren and her sister Irene (Richard) Brodzik of Detroit, Michigan and other family and friends.

Helen along with her husband, Gus, was among the founding parishioners of Church of the Holy Spirit. She was a faithful member and leader of the Women�s Club and the Retiree�s Club. Through her tireless efforts at the Silverdome project, Helen, along with many workers, was responsible for contributing to the material health of the parish. She was the �go-to� person when funeral luncheons were needed. Ever-present at the luncheons, she would oversee the ministry, even to the extent of shopping for foodstuffs and materials. With a constant smile and cheery attitude, in spite of her aches and heart problems, she was the favorite Santa Claus at every Women�s Club Christmas party. Though physical weakness has taken her body, the spirit of our �eveready bunny-angel� will keep on living in our hearts.

She is revered by her family -
�She had the most contagious laugh... and laugh we did.�
�She didn�t require lots of money, or a big fancy house. If the people she cared about surrounded her, she felt rich and blessed.�
�I loved her deeply as she made me laugh, cry and mad whenever it was needed. She was our conscience and was the right replacement for our parents who have passed. She kept the tradition alive but was always open to change. We will love and miss her.�
�She taught through example: Look around and see what�s precious. When you�re looking back at all the times you cherished the most in life, find a reason to make this moment one of them.�
�She lived a life that enriched others and left the world a better place.�

Helen will be remembered by her church family at Holy Spirit, and especially, the Funeral Luncheon teams. Helen Nowocinski lived a life, well lived.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held at Church of the Holy Spirit, 3700 N. Harvey Lake Rd, Highland on Saturday, January 26 at 10 AM with visitation beginning at the church at 8:30 AM. Longtime friend, Fr. Leo Lulko officiating. Final internment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 17100 Van Dyke St., Detroit.

For further information phone 248.684.6645.

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