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Wanda Helen (Woleyko) Piper

Wanda Helen (Woleyko) Piper, 95, wife of Morley L. Piper of Lufkin Point Road, Essex, died March 26, 2015 in her home following her eight year struggle with dementia. 

Born in Ipswich July 31, 1919 she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Zyzkowska) Woyeyko. Wanda was raised in a strong Polish family and had a lifelong interest in Polish causes and her ethnic heritage.  She attended Ipswich and Somerville public schools and was a graduate of the Chandler School in Boston.  During World War II, she served in France with the American Red Cross.  There, she met Morley L. Piper, a young soldier in the American Army.  They were married in Paris in 1946 at war's end.  Together they resided and raised their family in Hamilton, Salem and Essex.       

Wanda was a lively woman of vision, strong beliefs and of an inquisitive mind.  She was intensely interested in politics and was a strong supporter of the Democratic Party.   She was widely admired for her intelligence, courage and warmth.  She constantly reached out to others, was generous to a fault.  She had an engaging personality that attracted a wide coterie of friends. 

In addition to her husband of sixty-eight years she is survived by daughter, Patricia F. Robert of Essex; two granddaughters, Laura H. Robert of Essex, Audrey Robert-Ramirez and her husband Axel of Malden; a great granddaughter, Camille Piper Ramirez and a niece Priscilla Koster and her husband Walter. Her beloved son, Jonathan M. Piper, predeceased her in 2008. She was the sister of the late Irene Smerage, Mary Roberts and Edmund Woleyko.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services.  Her spirit will always flow in the memories of those who loved her, in the tides of her beloved Lufkin Point and with the Ipswich beaches of her childhood. Remembrances in her name may be sent by those who wish to The Open Door Pantry, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930 and, or, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A Short Hills, NJ 07078. Private arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.


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