Pauline Senak dedicated her life to helping others, whether it be as a nurse or with her family, said her son, Mark Senak.
“She was dedicated to helping her sisters. She was the second youngest of a large family, and she really took care of her sisters as they got older,” he said.
“She put her self out for people in need. She was willing to be outgoing with her time and effort.”
Pauline Senak, 88, of Crown Point and formerly of Gary, died June 19. She had worked as a nurse and graduated from St. Mary Mercy School of Nursing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nick Senak.
She was an active member of her church, St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Merrillville. She worked as a waitress and as part of the cleaning crew for the Friday Fish Fry for many years, and was involved in numerous other service projects there, her son said.
Senak enjoyed cooking for her family and specialized in many ethnic foods, such as pierogi and stuffed cabbage.
She loved hosting family gatherings, inviting in family and friends who had no other place to go.
“Her life was deeply rooted in her family and in church traditions,” he said.
Mark Senak said his mother lived her faith more than any other person he knows.
“It was reflective not only in ceremony, but also in tangible ways of helping people in need,” he said.
“She carried the cross for so many people. It’s amazing how much she did for others.”