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April 11, 1919 – Oct. 17, 2013

Helen Szymanowski, a retired chef who worked on an aircraft assembly line during World War II, died Thursday at the Schofield Residence in the Town of Tonawanda following a short illness. She was 94.

She had lived in the same Town of Tonawanda home for 56 years.

Born and raised in South Buffalo, the former Helen Kowalski graduated from South Park High School. During World War II, she worked on an airplane parts assembly line at the Bell Aircraft plant in Wheatfield.

“She was always very proud that she helped the war effort in that way,” recalled Joanne Padley, her daughter.

During the 1970s, Mrs. Szymanowski worked as a chef at Flay’s Steak Pub restaurant in North Buffalo. She was known for, and very proud of, her cooking.

Mrs. Szymanowski was long active as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and at the St. Edmund’s and St. Christopher’s Catholic churches.

An avid reader of books and newspapers, Mrs. Szymanowski also enjoyed crocheting, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband of 40 years, Joseph, died in 1985.

In addition to Mrs. Padley, she is survived by a son, Daniel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.