HATFIELD - Helen Theresa Partyka Dzialo, daughter of Joseph and Frances Partyka of Chicopee and wife of Dr. Frederick J. Dzialo of Hatfield, passed into eternal life on Nov. 30, 2012.
She was born Oct. 25, 1932, in Chicopee.
Helen attended St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Chicopee and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1950. After graduation, she worked at AT&T in Springfield for 5 years and then attended Elms College, where she received her B.S. in Biology and Pre-Medical studies with a minor in Education. Helen always had a love for children and upon graduating, taught 8th Grade at Westover Junior High School.
After marrying Frederick Dzialo on Aug. 15, 1959, she left her teaching position and devoted her time to raising five children. As the children became older, she continued her passion for early childhood education and took graduate classes at the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. A firm believer in surrounding children with books and reading, she also became a representative for World Book Encyclopedia.
Helen cherished family, a quality she received from her father and mother, and later she instilled this quality in her own children and grandchildren. She was a vivacious woman that loved family outings and celebrations. Filled with life and enthusiasm, she lived each day with vibrancy. Waking up each morning, she welcomed her children with the most memorable smile and "Rise and Shine" that could be heard throughout the house. She will always be remembered by her grandchildren for her youthful spirit that brought them so much joy, laughter and playfulness in being with their "Baci".
One of Helen's most favorite hobbies was sewing, which she started as a child and continued with her flair for fashion and style throughout her life. She also loved the outdoors, teaching all of her children to ski, skate, and swim. Helen enjoyed swimming in the ocean and took her family camping at the beach every summer. Tending her garden and flowers was another way she enjoyed the outside and closeness to nature.
Helen loved music, especially classical and Polka. She and Frederick often went Polka and ballroom dancing, and attended classical music concerts with their children. She played the piano, and had each of her five children learn a musical instrument.
Helen was an active and devoted member of Holy Trinity Church (now the Our Lady of Grace Church) in Hatfield where she was a religious education teacher and a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a member at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Northampton. Helen was president of the Holy Name and Rosary Society of Our Lady of Grace Church and a member of many associations that include the Polish Junior League, the Kosciusko Foundation, the Polish Cultural Center, the Hatfield Book Club and the Class of 1959 Elms College Alumni Club.
Having been blessed with 53 years of marriage, Helen is survived by her beloved husband Frederick. She is also survived by her brother, Joseph F. Partyka, Jr. and her brothers-in-law, Walter Dzialo and Richard Lukasik; her five children, Frederick Jr. and wife Fabienne of Coral Springs, Fla., Joseph and his wife, Martine of Longmeadow, Ann Francine and her husband Christopher Petroff of Groton, Mary and her husband Louis Kuta, Sr. of Bethesda, Md., and John and his wife, Choonting of Newton; her 11 grandchildren, Julie, Frederick III, Charlotte, Jonathan, Louie, Helena, Joseph, Cyprien, Jack, John Paul and Theresa Rose; and her many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours for Helen will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton, MA. Helen's Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Drozdal Funeral home at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 9 King St., Northampton, MA. Burial will be at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Chicopee.
Memorial contributions in Helen's honor can be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Northampton, MA; Our Lady of Grace, 11 School St., Hatfield, MA 01038; or a children's
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