Cover photo for Helena Lesniak's Obituary

Helena Lesniak

HELENA LESNIAK (nee Nowak) age 96, beloved wife of the late Kazimierz “Casey”; loving mother of Alina Wadas (husband Marian) and Thomas Lesniak (wife Jennifer); devoted grandmother of Betty LaMacchia (husband Ronald), Christopher Wadas (Jenny Grubb), Lisa Bedrick (husband Christopher), Kaz, Brandon, and Olivia Lesniak, and great-grandmother of Michael Wadas (wife Erica), Marc and Max Wadas, Logan and Gabriela Bedrick, and Madeline LaMacchia; cherished daughter of the later Ian and Martha Nowak; preceded in death by three brothers and one sister in Poland; dear aunt and great-aunt of many.

Helena was born in Torun, Poland January 5, 1926, and passed away on January 7, 2022. She moved to the United States in 1966, and lived in Garfield Heights.  Helena was the supervisor of housekeeping at the Bulkley Building, and a parishioner at St. Noel Catholic Church.

Helena had a “green thumb” and loved flowers and gardening.  She was fond of traveling, especially on cruises and to Poland, and enjoyed her native Polish polka music along with Frank Sinatra. Helena was a loving woman devoted to her family. She was hardworking, strong, and independent, but she also had a great sense of humor and was very sociable. She was stylish and always impeccably dressed. Helena will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Helena to Hospice of the Western Reserve (

Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at St. Noel Catholic Church at 10 AM. Burial following at All Saints Cemetery in Northfield. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Helena at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.) TUESDAY 4-8 PM.

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