Helen J. Kowalski of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired teacher and elementary school principal, died Friday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda. She was 87.
A native of Buffalo, Miss Kowalski was a graduate of Buffalo State Teachers College, where she also received her master's degree in education. She did graduate work at the University of Colorado.
While in college, she worked in the library and as a substitute librarian in Buffalo for many years.
Her career in education took her to schools in Marilla and West Seneca, where she taught before moving on to Pacific Avenue and 79th Street schools in Niagara Falls.
She also worked as a helping teacher and assistant principal before being named principal at Pacific Avenue and 60th Street schools.
Miss Kowalski was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda and volunteered there for 10 years. She was also a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association.
She traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Japan, Morocco and most European countries.
She is survived by a sister, Victoria R.
Prayers will be said at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Christopher Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda.