Helena "Helen" Lachocki, died Sunday, April 11, 2021 after living the American Dream. Helena was born in Lahishyn, Poland on February 15, 1928. After the Soviet and German invasion of Poland in 1939, Helena's mother five sisters and baby brother were deported to work camps in the Soviet Union. After Poles were given amnesty to help in the Allied fight in World War II, her family followed the Polish Army under British Command and attended high school in Iran and Lebanon. After the war, they settled in England as "Displaced Persons." She emigrated to the U.S. in 1952 and settled in New Jersey. She met and married, Dezideriusz (Dezio) Lachocki, and they shared the next 56 years in marriage raising three sons in a loving home.
Helena was one of those rare people who only needed about four hours sleep and still maintained a cheery attitude and an infectious smile. She incorporated Helen's Sewing Center where she specialized in slip covers, drapes, wedding gowns, but took any job to help provide for the family; she taught sewing in adult school for over two decades. She finally retired at 88 years of age. Her husband grew a large garden and she pickled, preserved, or froze vegetables for the winter. She loved to host family gatherings and play volleyball in their yard in Wayne. She had a deep faith in God, and they were members of Our Lady of Consolation Roman Catholic Church for over 50 years
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dezio, two sisters and her brother, Broncia Koltunicki, Michalina Kornecki, and Ted Niziol. She is survived by three sisters: Gryzelda Lachocki, Josephine Zienkiewicz, Emma Kulesza; three sons and their spouses: Richard & Cherie Lachocki, Stephan & Bonita Lachocki, and Thomas Lachocki; five grandchildren Christopher Lachocki; Lauren (and Ryan) Redfern; Alicia Lachocki, and William and Michael Lachocki; one great-grand-daughter, Adalyn Lachocki.
A private burial will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, PA, followed by a family gathering near the Shrine when COVID restrictions ease. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Our Lady of Consolation Church, 1799 Hamburg Tpk., Wayne, NJ 07470 (https://olcparish.org/donations) or a loving charity of your choice.