Helen Bochnik

1931 - 2017

Service Information

Sunday, April 30, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Whalen & Ball Funeral Home
168 Park Ave
Yonkers, NY 10703
(914) 965-5488

Funeral Service
Monday, May 01, 2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am
St. Casimir's Church
239 Nepperhan Ave
Yonkers, NY 10701-3461

     Helen Kolisz Bochnik, age 85 and a lifelong resident of Yonkers, passed away on April 26, 2017. She was born on November 13, 1931 to Mary and Walter Kolisz in Yonkers where she was raised and graduated from Commerce High School. She married Charles Stanley Bochnik on September 20, 1958 at St. Casimir Church. He died on April 25, 1973. Helen was adventurous and always lived life to the fullest . She is survived by her children, Charles Bochnik (Janet), Michael Bochnik (Kelli), Jeanette Marotta (Anthony), and Ann Kelly (Scott), as well as her sister Jean Prendki and brother Walter Kolisz (Diane). She also leaves behind six granddaughters, Kristen, Kaitlyn, Amanda, Samantha, Gabriella, Samantha, and many nieces and nephews. We thank our family and friends for their thoughts and prayers. 

Visiting hours will be at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home, Yonkers on Sunday 2-4 & 7-9pm. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Casimir's Church on Monday May 1st at 10am. 

Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.


     My mom " my Hero" The strongest most determined individual we will ever know. Mom learned to re-walk before I ran, and persevered again in later years by walking me down the isle at my wedding after knee surgery. 
She never said No or complained, even when my kapusta (sour kraut ) was not made to her standard she just gave me "that look". She was a strong believer of representing. 
She rarely missed an event or opportunity to see everyone even when she was not at her best.  Helen enjoyed making everyone feel special through conversation or sending that special card she would spend countless hrs. Picking out.
We will cherish the memories of all our mini vacations, and long rides enjoying the spring blossoms and vivid colors of fall.
We will forever be grateful for all she have taught us and the times we have shared. 
Love and miss you,   Jeanette (Jannannie )& Anthony 



     3:34pm April 26, 2017
Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my life. I never thought you'd go so soon. I witnessed your last breath at 3:34pm as you let go in peace. You lived a wonderful life. Always surrounded by laughter, family, & friends. Thank you for sharing so many stories with me & taking me through each decade of your life every time.I will cherish them forever. Thank you for being one of my biggest supporters in all of my decisions. I always had to get your approval because if not, it didn't feel right. I love you Babci (grandma), forever & always ❤ Rest In Peace,
- Amanda



        I don't know where to start....4/26/17 3:34pm I saw you took your last breath, your always going to be in my heart babci ❤️ thank you for everything you did for me, always watching me when I was little and always playing board games with me especially bingo your favorite lol❤ it was okay for you to let go we all told you that but I knew you were trying to keep fighting and it's okay babci, you needed to be at peace and to rest. Everyday at dinner I always came down and bring you your food and I always love doing that because I get to talk to you and help you with anything you needed. We always talked about how I'm doing in sports or what I did today or we use to talk about when she was younger, I always liked to hear her old stories (lol) but just remember what I told you babci, this isn't goodbye, it's.....see you later or so long, because I will see you again eventually I promise ❤️I love you with all my heart and I know you will be watching over the people that you love and care about ❤️see you later babci; may you Rest In Peace my beautiful angel.
- love Samantha

     On April 26, 2017 at 3:34 pm the Bochnik family lost a amazing women my mom Helen Bochnik. She didn't suffer thank god. She joined her beloved husband, my dad Charles. She was loved by all who knew her. She never complained of any pain. She was an amazing grandmother (babci). She is a beautiful angel now watching over us. We love you mom RIP she was 85 and lived life to the fullest .

     Helen was my mother in law. She was a very sweet and giving lady. Helen turned me on to James Patterson books. I enjoyed chatting with her about the books she was reading. We also shared the love of any chocolate alcoholic drinks. Thank you Helen for your son Michael, the love of my life. We will always love you and miss you. 
     - Kelli

Today I lost my friend, confidante and hero....Aunt Helen Bochnik. She was the most unselfish, non-complaining, beautiful woman who raised four wonderful children mostly on her own as a young widow. She was my fairy godmother.....she had a knack for making me feel special.... but without making others feel "non-special". Rest In Peace.....
- Irene

Love this picture- Your mom was a special lady who was unstoppable when it came to enjoying life - she will be missed - sending our condolences to you and your family
- Mary T
To my heroine Auntie Helen, you were, are and ever will be the most amazing woman I have ever been graced to know. I have many memories from when I was young and you were a part of my life. Your love of books inspired me. Your fearless Spirit in the face of struggles I can only begin to fathom. I will miss you dearly especially the cards you sent for every occasion. I hope you are dancing between the stars with Uncle Charlie, you've waited a long time for it. I love you. Your God`daughter~Andrea

Aunt Helen
Our Superhero!

Not all superheroes wear capes
Some wear sweaters and shawls, like to read James Patterson novels, watch soap operas, send many a thoughtful greeting card
Some love Bingo, barbecued ribs, chocolate, and flowers.
Helen was most certainly a superhero.
Part of a generation of women who often go unrecognized for their strength and perseverance.
Growing up in the days when we'd play outside all day and spent every Sunday with our aunts, uncles, and cousins...Aunt Helen was always there.
There to laugh with...there to listen.
There to answer questions about Polish recipes and words.
There with sage advice; there with pure love.
She was a mom to all of us.
Just pause for a moment and think about what she endured as a young mother...
But, through it all, never a complaint ...
Instead, she forged ahead with Polish grit and resilience and led by example.
She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend.
She loved life!
She was part of the St. Cecilia Choir, unabashedly rode buses and planes, and took Disney by storm!
Helen took trips to see her brother and sister, came to almost every family event, including our old "cook outs," always bringing her world-famous potato salad!
"No" or "I can't" were not in her vocabulary, and she loved a good joke...one story my Uncle Ray recalled was when Uncle Charlie bet some friends in Dula's pub
that his wife could touch the ceiling with her foot! Needless to say, with Aunt Helen's gusto, some maneuvering--and that leg--he always won the bet!!
Aunt Helen was my mom, Renie's,, best friend. On some pretty bad health days for my mom, when she didn't want to talk to anyone, when the phone rang she would say to me,
"Only if it's Helch." She would ALWAYS talk to Helch!
My cousins, you should be so proud. You kept your mom where she so wanted to be...in her childhood home surrounded by the love of Annie, Scott, Samantha, and Amanda.
Your devotion to her was unsurpassed and may her strength inspire you and all of us to find peace.
I know I will forever cherish that last strong Polish squeeze she gave my hand in the hospital.
Some say in Heaven, we become perfect--back to our healthiest selves. Picture Helen running through the Pearly Gates,
being greeted by her parents, relatives, and friends...
gabbing with my mom...
and doing one mean polka with Uncle Charlie!
We will love and honor you forever, our super woman!!
- Love always from Barbara