Our hearts saddened when Helen B. Kozlowski became a beautiful angel on February 19, 2021, after a long, 19 year battle with dementia. Helen was born August 13, 1936, to Frank and Rose (Gonsior) Mroczkowski. Her love for God, her husband, and her family was the foundation of her life.
Ray and Helen’s love story began when Ray spotted his beautiful wife on a swing in Memorial Park many years ago. The couple was married June 8, 1957. Their family grew to include five children, nine grandchildren, and four great- grandchildren.
Helen had been employed for many years with the Pulaski school system. She belonged to Assumption B.V.M. Parish, Pulaski, where she was a member of the Council of Catholic Women and had received the CCW Woman of the Year Award. Helen was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 337, Pulaski.
Helen loved to sew. She made the majority of her girls’ dresses while they were growing up, including their prom dresses and homecoming dresses. Her grandchildren also benefited from her talents with First Communion dresses and American Girl doll clothes. She also enjoyed quilting, crafting, and baking.
Helen was the definition of mom: her family and friends were blessed with the best. Loving, happy, helpful, non-judgmental, mom never had a bad word to say about anyone. If we needed to talk, mom was there to listen. We were the luckiest kids in the neighborhood and were told that by many friends. We learned so much from our mother and can only hope we are living the lives that will make her proud. She will be forever missed, but forever in our hearts.
Survivors include her husband, Ray, Pulaski; five children: Barbara (Dan) Lardinois, West De Pere, Gail (Gerard) Drossart, West De Pere, Patti (Dave) Van Den Elzen, Pulaski, Mary Jane (Ron) Sobieck, Hobart, Gary Kozlowski (fiancée, Tracy Laundre), Little Suamico; nine grandchildren: Danielle (Jon) Ozimek and Kyle Lardinois, Alexander Drossart, Aaron (Danielle) Drossart, Andy (Katie) Van Den Elzen and Chris (Amanda) Van Den Elzen, Madelyn (Gideon) Hicks, Nicholas and Matthew Kozlowski; great-grandchildren: Lilianna, Adalynn, and Henryk Van Den Elzen, Ezekial Hicks; three brothers: Leonard Mroczkowski, Frank Jr. (Sheila) Mroczkowski, and Jim (Pat) Mroczkowski; sisters: Phyllis (Matt) Duffeck, Theresa (Butch) Wesolowski, Mary (Gerald) Wojkiewicz, Sue (Bob) Simkowski, and a sister-in-law, Karen Mroczkowski; Ray’s siblings: Chester (Lorraine) Kozlowski, MaryAnn Keuken, and Robert Ratz; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Antone (Frances) Kozlowski; siblings: Raymond Mroczkowski, Sr., Regina (Peter) Golubski, Martha Mroczkowski, and Geraldine Mroczkowski; in-laws: Alvin (Eleanor) Kozlowski, Norbert (Joann) Kozlowski, Dale Keuken, and Rita Ratz.
Guests will be required to properly wear a mask and respect social distancing guidelines. Friends are invited to gather with the family from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Thursday at Assumption B.V.M. Church, 119 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. at the church, Fr. James Gannon, O.F.M. presiding. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on the parish Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Assumption-BVM-St-Stanislaus-St-Casimir-Parish-Family-89119956934
The family would like to thank the staff at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Seymour, for the loving care you gave to Helen. We are so blessed mom had the benefit of your loving care.
Since it might not be possible to be with the family in person, you are welcome to send any cards of condolence to the funeral home (make sure you put the family’s name on the outside envelope and your return address) and we will forward your cards and messages to the Kozlowski family.
Marnocha Funeral Home P.O. Box 356 Pulaski, WI 54162