Helen I. Mikolajczyk, 100, of Streator passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care, Streator.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 A.M. Friday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. Rev. Fr. Jacob Rose will officiate.
Visitation will be from 4-7 P.M. Thursday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator. The rosary will be recited at 6:45 P.M.
Burial will be in St. Casmir’s Cemetery, Streator. Pallbearers will be grandchildren, Tom Zavada, Christopher Zavada, Doug Mikolajczyk and Eric Mikolajczyk; and Mike Mast, Ken King and Virgil Holzhauer.
Born March 7, 1918 in Dana, Illinois she was the daughter of Manuel and Louise (Hecht) Smith. She married John J. Mikolajczyk on April 23, 1939 at the St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel. He preceded her in death on April 6, 1982.
She is survived by daughters, Char (Dave) Halco of Kangley and Linda (Edward) Zavada of Streator; sons, Ronald (Barbara) Mikolajczyk of Ransom and Terry (Sheri) Mikolajczyk of Manville; 11 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; sisters, Edna Allain of Kankakee and Doris Belluso of Bourbonnais; brothers, Donald Smith of Joliet and Alvin Smith of Piper City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, John Mikolajczyk Jr.; sisters, Gertrude Smith, Emma Gotch, Laura Scott and Darlene Decker; and brothers, Elmer and Lester Smith.
She lived in the Dana and Flanagan areas through the years but lived most of her life in the Streator area.
She was a member of the former St. Casmir’s Church and currently belonged to St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. She was very active with her church through the years.
She worked for Melvin Family Housekeeping and at the Deli Counter at Buehler’s Grocery Store. She also did ironing and laundry for at St. Casmir’s Church for Fr. Marion Switka.
She was a member of the P.N.A. and belonged to the Penny Card Club (the one and only club) for many years. She was a full blooded German and enjoyed dancing, playing cards and scrabble; and baking. She won pie baking contests for her famous cherry pies.
She loved and adored her family and will be greatly missed by them.
Memorials may be directed to St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.solontelford.com