Helen Rose (Gorney) Piekos, 89, of Enfield, entered into eternal rest at her home with her loving family at her side. She passed away on Sept. 28, 2012, after a long battle with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Born in Pittsfield, Mass., on Dec. 8, 1922, Helen was the daughter of the late John Gorney and Katherine (Albrycht) Gorney. She graduated from Pittsfield High in 1940 and went to work for Eaton Bros. in Pittsfield. Helen married Josef Piekos in 1948 and moved to the dairy farm owned by her husband's family in Cheshire, Mass. From "city girl" to dairy farming was, to say the least, quite a different way of life. But, she "rolled up her sleeves," "put on her boots," and dug in. In addition to raising seven children, she helped with the daily farming chores: milking cows, driving a tractor during haying season, and whatever was required to keep the farm operational. She also made time to grow a huge vegetable garden each year and canned most of what was grown. After the farm was sold, the family moved to Hartford in 1963 to "Little Poland," Governor Street, which was in the south end of the city. Most of the people living on the street emigrated from Poland. Many Sundays were spent having dinner and listening to Polish music at the Poland National Home at the end of the street. The family moved to Enfield in 1965 and Helen worked for many years for Olympic Sales. Bowling was her passion, and with friends from work formed a team and would bowl once a week at Shaker Bowl. When she retired she then took care of her grandchildren. Her primary focus in life was her family and was the happiest when they were around her. Her home was always filled with laughter and the family gathering place for holidays and Sunday dinners. She was a wonderful cook whose golabki, pierogi, Polish cheesecake, and chocolate cookies were always in big demand.
Helen is survived by her six children, Donna Piekos with whom she made her home, Josef Piekos Jr., Joanne Loesch, Thomas Piekos, and his wife, Carrie (Dwight) Piekos, Francis Piekos, and his wife, Lee (Rogers) Piekos, James Piekos, and his wife, Ann (Nelson) Piekos, all of Enfield and East Windsor. She also leaves three sisters, Josephine Dubis, Sophia Kinnas, and Irene Ropelewski, all of Pittsfield, Mass.; five grandchildren, Matthew Langeway, Stephanie Piekos, Jennifer Piekos, Christopher Piekos, and Katherine Piekos of Enfield and East Windsor. Helen was predeceased by her former husband, Josef Piekos Sr.; her daughter, Kathleen Piekos; her brothers, Walter, Stanley, and Benjamin Gorney; her brothers-in-law, Stanley Ropelewski, Stephen Dubis, and Stephen Kinnas; and her son-in-law, George Loesch.
Family and friends may gather to pay their respects at Helen's home in Enfield on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, from noon to 4 p.m.
A special heartfelt thank you to her caretakers, Sheryl St. Pierre and Maureen Grouten from Homemakers and Companions, and the team at Hospice and Home and Community, for treating our Mom with respect and caring.
Donations can be made to Home & Community Health Services, 101 Phoenix Ave., Enfield, CT 06082; or to Homemakers & Companions, 88 Hazard Ave., Enfield, CT 06082.
Arrangements are by the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapel.
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