Helen E. Zalewski, a longtime volunteer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, died Tuesday (Oct. 21, 1997) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. She was 68.
For the last 20 years, Mrs. Zalewski was a Roswell volunteer and received a service pin in recognition of 2,000 hours of volunteer work. She was known to many at Roswell Park as "Candy Lady."
A Black Rock native, she was a graduate of Riverside High School.
She was manager of Remember When Antiques & Gifts in Swormville, and for the past 15 years was secretary of Ballet Arts Center for Dance in Cheektowaga. Her students knew her as "Mrs. Z."
She was a retired executive secretary, with 20 years of service at Greater Buffalo Press. She was a members of Buffalo Professional Secretary International and Buffalo Professional Women's Association.
Mrs. Zalewski was a lector, eucharistic minister and choir member at St. Florian's Catholic Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Ballaro of Williamsville; four sisters, Diane Krasinski of Orlando, Fla.; Norma Scholz of the Town of Tonawanda; Joyce Smith of Melrose, Mass.; and Carol Sondel; a brother, Bernard Youra of Orchard Park; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Florian's Church, 567 Hertel Ave. Prayers will be said at 9:30 in Kolano Funeral Home, 396 Amherst St. Entombment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.