Aug. 26, 1919 – Jan. 26, 2018
Helen H. Segat, a former hospital dietitian and deli owner, died Jan. 26 in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence, after a lengthy illness. She was 98.
Born Helen Harriet Szczygiel in Colden, the daughter of Polish immigrants, she was the eighth of 10 children. She grew up working on her family’s 50-acre farm in Colden and graduated from Griffith Institute High School in Springville. During World War II, she was a volunteer aircraft spotter, watching the skies over Buffalo for enemy planes.
She worked as a waitress at MacDoel’s Restaurant and Drum Bar in downtown Buffalo and as a dietitian at the former Deaconess Hospital. She later was owner and operator of Miller’s Delicatessen on Genesee Street in Cheektowaga.
She also was a licensed beautician and helped her sister Charlotte Turkon run the Shady Court Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda.
She changed her surname to Segat and never married, but became part of her sister Charlotte’s family and helped raise her children and other nieces and nephews.
“Everybody called her Aunt Helen,” her grand-nephew, Dan Cadzow, said. “She was a second mother or grandmother to a lot of us kids.”
A former resident of Black Rock and the Town of Tonawanda, she retired and moved to Florida with her sisters in 1995, returning to the Buffalo area in 2014. She was a longtime parishioner at Assumption Catholic Church in Black Rock.
Surviving are two sisters, Winnifred Clark and Theresa Matusik.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. June 29 in St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave.