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Helen G. (Sowinski) Petrowicz

Helen G. (Sowinski) Petrowicz, 90 of Brownville Avenue, Ipswich, wife of the late Walter J. Petrowicz, died Friday February 22, 2008 in the Brigham Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Newburyport following her long illness.

Born in Salem November 8, 1917, daughter of the late Walter and Helen (Koscielski) Sowinski, she was raised in Salem, attended of St. John the Baptist Parochial School in Salem and was a 1935 graduate of Salem High School. For the next year she attended the former Boston Filing and Indexing Institute of Boston. Married 1941 in the St. John the Baptist Church in Salem, the Petrowiczs soon made their home in Ipswich. For many years she was employed as an office clerk at Sylvania in Salem and  Danvers and was a member of their Quarter Century Club. She was a fifty-eight year member of the  former Sacred Heart Church of Ipswich where she  was a member of the Holy Rosary Sodality, and was a member Ipswich Catholic Woman’s Club.

A devoted wife and mother, she will be remembered for her love of cooking, knitting, traveling with her family and her many trips to Foxwoods and Atlantic City with the Council on Aging. In retirement  she and her husband wintered on Marco Island, FL.

She is survived by a son, John Petrowicz and his wife Kathy of Rowley; three daughters, Barbara Prentice and her husband David of Rowley, Mary Jane McCraven of Ipswich and Joanne Doucet and her husband Pierre of Ipswich; nine grandchildren, John Doucet, Michael Doucet and Steven Doucet all of Ipswich, Jennifer Prentice of Newburyport, Haley McCraven and Nathan McCraven both of Ipswich, Brian Petrowicz of Hudson, NH, Jeffrey Petrowicz of Reading and Michael Petrowicz  of Rowley. She is also survived by a great granddaughter, Autumn Leigh Doucet of Ipswich; two sisters, Othilia Gill and Emilia Polizzotti both of Peabody and many nephews and nieces. She was the sister of the late Stephen and Edward Sowinski both formerly of Salem.

Her funeral will be held Monday, Feb. 25, 8 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 9 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Linebrook Rd., Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday  from 2 to 6 pm. Interment will be in the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Brigham Manor Resident Council Fund, 77 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950, Attn: Staci Godtland. 


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