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Helen Lucy Wazewski

December 12, 1917 - October 16, 2014

On October 16, 2014, Helen joined her beloved angels peacefully in her home surrounded by her family at the age of 96.

Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on December 12, 1917, Helen Tabor began her active life working on her parents farm in Billings, N.Y. Her father and mother Stanislaus and Sophia Tabor, who preceded h…read more

On October 16, 2014, Helen joined her beloved angels peacefully in her home surrounded by her family at the age of 96.

Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on December 12, 1917, Helen Tabor began her active life working on her parents farm in Billings, N.Y. Her father and mother Stanislaus and Sophia Tabor, who preceded her in death, taught her work ethic and the drive to survive a tough period in America.

She attended Billings School and at the age of 16 began working at Lofts Candy Co. and Smith Brothers Restaurant in Poughkeepsie to help supplement her family’s income. During this time she saved enough money to attend a dance academy to pursue her passion for dance. She performed at numerous venues with a troop of dancers around various areas of N.Y. state.

In 1938 she married Matthew Wazewski, who preceded her in death in 1961. Helen continued working at Smith Brother’s Restaurant, though her ultimate goal was to open a restaurant of her own. She successfully accomplished her goal when she opend Helen’s on 220 Union St. in Poughkeepsie.

After selling Helen’s, the family moved to Red Oaks Mills where she continued her restaurant career working at Nick Beni’s. While residing in Red Oak Mills, Helen got her first taste of California in 1953 when visiting her cousin Helen Pliska in Redondo Beach, CA

Helen again got the restaurant urge and with her husband Matt purchased a house, which she converted to a restaurant on the N.Y. State Thruway in New Paltz, N.Y. It was named Reggie’s Inn.

After the death of her husband Matt, Helen returned to Poughkeepsie with 2 of her children and returned to work for Nick Beni.

In 1963, she became employed at New Platz State Teacher’s College, (now SUNY) as a cook in charge of feeding faculty and professors. She continued working at the college until the California experience finally caught up with her.

In 1969, she finally moved to Torrance, CA where she again began working for various restaurants. Restaurant ownership was always in Helen’s blood and in 1975 at the age of 68 opened The Angus Inn in Lomita, CA.

Until the age of 83, she continued to be a care-giver. Helen spent her remaining years living comfortably in her home in Harbor City, CA where she tremendously enjoyed cheering on the L.A. Angels, spending time with her great grandchildren, sewing and enjoying her garden.

Helen was an active member of St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church in Lomita, CA.She also continued ties with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She devoutly contributed to international religious organizations.

Helen was preceded in death by her brothers Theodore and Stephen J. Tabor, mother and father-in-law Peter and Victoria Wazewski and brother-in-law William Shaw.

Helen is survived by her sister Mary Shaw, sons Ronald and Victor Wazewski, daughters Eileen Wazewski, Regina and son-in-law Lorenzo Fong. She has 4 loving grandchildren Matthew and Nicole wazewski, Danica Davis and Jessica fong. there are 6 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews Linda and Robert Tabor, Debra Evans, Cynthia Sayles, Charles, Stanley, William and Jack Shaw.

Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Church and burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. A memorial mass will be held at St. Margaret Mary’s in Lomita, CA at a further date. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to St. Margaret Mary’s or St. Joseph’s.

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