, Salem, MA

October 8, 2013

Helen A. (Alhowik) Ziolkowski, 98

Ipswich — Helen A. (Alhowik) Ziolkowski, 98, of Ipswich, wife of the late Alexander P. Ziolkowski, died on October 6, 2013. She was born April 14, 1915, in Salem, and was the daughter of Mary and Walter Alhowik. She graduated from Manning High School in Ipswich at age 16, where she played basketball. After graduation, she went on to Pierce Secretarial School, and then worked at the State House for a short time. She then worked at Danvers State Hospital for a few years, married and stayed home to raise her three children in Danvers. When her youngest child was 6, she went back to work at Danvers State Hospital, where she was an administrative secretary or principal clerk to the superintendent, working there for 30 years before retiring. At that time, she and her husband, Alexander, opened up an antique shop in Ipswich, Calico Collectibles, which she kept open for 25 years. She was an avid gardener, and her garden was admired by many. She enjoyed playing bridge at the Ipswich Senior Center and going to Foxwood.

She is survived by a son, Alexander Paul Ziolkowski and his wife, Julie, of Beverly; daughters, Judith Ziolkowski Shay and her husband, Daniel, of Orleans, Mass., and Susan Lee DeAmario and her husband, Michael, of Topsfield, Mass. She was the sister of the late Benjamin Alhowik, and the stepdaughter of Joseph Bakula, a well-known cabinetmaker of Ipswich.

She had six grandchildren, Alexia Pawlyk of Beverly, Mass., and Alexander Ziolkowski III of Gloucester, Stephanie Shay of Gilbert, Ariz., Matthew Shay of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Courtney Shay of, Orleans, and Aleksandr DeAmario of Topsfield; and four great-grandchildren, Olivia Adams Pawlyk of Beverly, Jameson John Shay of Scottsdale, Sofia Mary Ziolkowski of Gloucester, and Chace Alexander Shay of Orleans.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 11, at 11 a.m., at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 54 Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Burial will follow in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Visitation will be on Friday, October 11, from 9 to 10:45 a.m., in the Morris Funeral Home, 45 North Main Street, Ipswich. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mrs. Ziolkowski’s name to Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 . For directions, or to send a condolence to the Ziolkowski family, please visit