Helen Wojciehowski was a caring woman who always put others first, her family members said.
Daughter Jeanette Glaser said when she was in kindergarten, her mother noticed there was a boy in her class who came to school without a hat and gloves. Wojciehowski asked the school about the family, and bought Christmas gifts for the entire family.
“My mom borrowed a Santa suit and had my dad dress up and he took this big sack of presents up to the door,” she said.
Helen Wojciehowski, 77, of St. John and formerly of Hammond, died Oct. 13. She was a retired employee of the Continental Bakery, Hostess Cake division. She was a member of the St. Casimir Ladies Rosary Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Wojciehowski.
She was an expert seamstress, and enjoyed sewing clothes for her children. She had a circle of friends that sewed together and shared patterns and ideas, said her daughter, Sharon Ybarra.
Wojciehowski adored her grandchildren, Ybarra said.
“The grandkids loved her for the chicken soup, Jello and many wonderful meals they shared,” she said. “She loved to listen to the grandkids and inspired them as much as they inspired her.”
Grandson Bryan Glaser said it was impossible to be hungry when his grandmother was around.
“Whenever (my friends) came over, she was always first to offer food or drink to anyone and not take no for an answer,” he said. “It was just known that when you came to the Glaser household you better be sure to come hungry or be prepared to politely say no a dozen times.”
Ybarra said her mother’s Catholic faith was the cornerstone of her life.
“Her faith in God was always her guiding hand and as her health issues became more involved, she relied more on prayers to help her overcome them,” Ybarra said.
Daughter Roberta Garcia said her mother said her faith helped her see the good in others.
“She was a strong believer that God would take care of her and those around her,” she said. “She prayed for others insistently.”