Helen A. Zalansky passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Tampa, on her 97th birthday, after having a long, enjoyable and rewarding life. She was a resident of Worcester prior to moving to Tampa, FL in 1988. She was born on April 11, 1915 in Manchester, NH, the third of six children to Joseph and Alice (Urbanek) Szuba. She moved to Worcester in 1920 and was raised in the Millbury Street area and attended St. Mary’s High School.
She was predeceased by her husband Adolph A. Zalansky, Sr., 54, in Jan. 1965. Her only daughter Helaine (Dolly) Walsh also passed away at age 36 in Dec. 1974.
She is survived by 5 generations of children. Most notably, Helen’s descendants include her eldest son, Adolph A. Zalansky Jr. and his wife Estelle of Tampa, Scott (Gerald Zalansky) Walker of Covena, CA, and Roger Zalansky and wife Carol of Tampa; nine grandchildren, Diane, Dawn, Michael and wife Loretta, Mathew Zalansky of Tampa, Thomas, Gary and wife Karen, Deborah Walsh of Shrewsbury, Roger Zalansky Jr., and Cynthia Sutherland and husband Robert, of Tampa; six great grandchildren, Darcy and Stephany Epperson, Conner and Cameron Zalansky, Tanyon, Kevin and Kyle Sutherland, of Tampa, and Brandon Walsh of Shrewsbury; four great-great grandchildren, Savon, Lexus, Cyar and Mystic Epperson all of Tampa.
She was also predeceased by four sisters, Lena Socha, Louise Renzoni, Stacia Collins and Mary Belton; and her brother Walter Szuba as well as several nieces and nephews.
Helen retired at age 62 and spent her entire life surrounded by family. She enjoyed assisting in raising and sitting for her numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren who kept her amused and gave her strength to push on in her long life. She enjoyed Bingo and was very active in her daily life experiences. She was a very strong supporter of family life and always tried to respect the feeling of other family members including in-laws, nieces and nephews. Helen will be missed greatly by all of her children and their families. She has been very inspiring to all of us.
Burial in Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care of CALLAHAN & FAY BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 61 Myrtle Street, Worcester.