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Helen T. Grygiel

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – Helen T. Grygiel, 95, of Dixon, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family, after a short illness.

She was born Oct. 28, 1918, in Streator, the daughter of Stanley and Mucha (Mechelina) Bandura. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon and the American Legion Auxiliary in Oregon. She married Joseph B. Grygiel on Aug. 10, 1940, in Streator. He preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 1989.

She is survived by three sons, Joe (Karen) Grygiel of Mars, Pa., Jim Grygiel of Oregon,  and John “Jack” (Elaine) Grygiel of Rockford; grandchildren, Theresa (Tom) Wesseln, Donna (Greg) Raschke, Laura (Lyle) Rensink, and James (Jennifer) Grygiel; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Frank Bandura of Ottawa; two sisters, Sophia Bradach and Marian Gould, both of Streator;  two sisters-in-law, Josephine Bandura and Mary Ann Bandura, both of Streator; close friends, Steve and Diane Bieser and family; and her goddaughter, Helen (Tom) Duffy.

She also was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Stanley, Stephen, and Victor Bandura; and one sister, Toni Hamara.  

Helen’s family wishes to thank the staff at Morning Star Village Senior Living in Rockford for their wonderful care. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. Visitation also will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday and the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Pierre Polycarpe officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to St. Patrick Church in Dixon and Poor Clare Colettine Nuns of Rockford.

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