Helen A. (Micalchuck) Dziusko – Brown, 93, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, surrounded by her loving family members at Grosvenor Park, Salem.
Helen was born in Peabody on June 13, 1918, the daughter of Paramon and Micalina (Pilipow) Micalchuck. She was raised in Peabody, graduating from Peabody High School, class of 1936.
Helen was a fiercely independent woman who enjoyed 93 years of life, calling many parts of the country home, including Houston, TX, and St. Louis, MO. She enjoyed fishing and boating in her younger years, and sang professionally for a short time in various venues throughout the North Shore.
Helen was famous among friends and relatives for her knitting of scarves, sweaters, hats and slippers, which were her annual Christmas gift to all. No matter how far family members wandered from home, she would remember them with a card, reminding them of her love of family. She resided at Wilson Terrace for many years, where she had many friends and neighbors. For the past 3 years Grosvenor Park became her home where she had a constant flow of relatives delivering her passion, chocolate and ice cream, which she couldn’t get enough of. Helen’s signature phrase was “What did you bring me?” never failed to get a chuckle out of friends and staff. Helen, a woman of few words, always told it like it was. In later days of her life her comebacks from illness amazed all who dealt with her on a daily basis. She will always be loved and remembered by those who knew her.
Helen was employed for many years as a leather worker at Rex Leather Company, Modern Leather Company and A.C. Lawrence Leather Company until their closing. In the 1970s she was employed as a cook and housekeeper at St. John the Baptist Church in Peabody. She was a member of the Peabody Council on Aging and attended at the Peter Torigian Community Life Center.
Helen is survived by a loving sister, Lydia Szaban of Salem; her devoted nephews and her loving nieces, Raymond “Reggie” Hamilton Jr., M.S.P. Ret., and his wife Barbara, Leona J. Hamilton all of Salem, Nadine C. Hamilton of Peabody, Mary Ann and Carol Micalchuck both of Peabody, and Michael Micalchuck of Danvers; many grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and a sister-in-law, Alice Micalchuck of Peabody. She was predeceased by her husband, William J. Dziusko, whom she loved dearly; her siblings, Sonia Hamilton, Peter, John, Walter, George, Michael and infant Nellie Micalchuck; and her brother-in-law, Kenneth Szaban.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. in the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Monday, April 2, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s memory to the Grosvenor Park, C/O Activities Program, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem, MA 01970. Burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Please visit www.ccbfuneral.com for directions, online obituary and memorial guest book.