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Helen A. Pawenska (nee Barrett)

June 27, 2020

Visitation: FRIDAY, June 10, 2016: 2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.
Service: SATURDAY, June 11, 2016: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am at St. Gregory the Great Church, Williamsville. PAWENSKA – Helen A.
(nee Barrett)
June 9, 2016, beloved wife of 64
years with Chester “Chet” Pawenska;
loving mother of Maureen (Michael)
Gallagher, Karen (Jack) Rogowski and
Laure (Alan) Bowman; grandmother
of Matthew (Kristin), Andrew and
Madeline Rogowski, Alena, Nate and
Audrey Bowman and Kristin, Sean
(Rochelle), Sarah, Joseph, Angela and
Brendan Gallagher and Julie (Scott)
Miller; great-grandmother of seven;
sister of the late Frank (Mary Ann)
Barrett and the late Shirley (Stephen)
Pinkoski; also survived by several
nieces and nephews. Family and
friends may call Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM
INC., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated Saturday at 10:30 AM at
St. Gregory the Great Church, 200
St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. Please
assemble at church. Flowers gratefully
declined. Memorials may be made
to Mt. St. Mary Academy or Canisius
College. On-line condolences at www. Nov. 24, 1930 – June 9, 2016 Helen A. Pawenska, an Amherst resident and nurse who crafted dresses for special occasions for family members, died Thursday under hospice care in Buffalo General Medical Center, following a long illness. She was 85. The former Helen Barrett was born in Niagara Falls, raised in Kenmore and attended St. Paul’s Catholic School for her elementary education. She graduated from Mount St. Mary’s Academy in 1948. In 1951, Mrs. Pawenska earned her RN degree from the school of nursing at Sisters Hospital. She also attended Canisius College, earning a bachelor’s degree. Mrs. Pawenska worked at Sisters Hospital and later, for the American Red Cross. Mrs. Pawenska was a member of the Park Country Club of Buffalo and served on the board of trustees of Mount St. Mary’s Academy. A sewer and knitter, she made clothing for family members, including wedding and First Communion dresses. An avid traveler, Mrs. Pawenska visited Alaska, Ireland and Poland. She also enjoyed playing bridge. She was a longtime member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Amherst. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Chester J.; three daughters, Maureen Gallagher, Karen Rogowski and Laure Bowman; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Amherst.


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