Helen K. Schick, Teacher, very active in her community in NY, survived by four children

By on January 24, 2018

Helen K. Schick peacefully passed away Jan. 13, 2018 at Pleasant View Retirement Community.

Helen was born in Utica, N.Y., to Walenty and Antonina (Niedzwiecka) Kisiel on Oct. 30, 1926.

She graduated from Utica Free Academy in 1944; the first in her family to go to college, she graduated from Albany State Teachers College in 1948. She moved to Poland, N.Y., where she taught for 10 years. In the course of those years, she married her beloved husband, Walter J. Schick, who had followed her from college.

Helen and Walt married in 1950 and had two children upstate before moving to West Islip, Long Island, in 1959 where two more “only children” were born. Helen retired upon having her first child, but with Walt’s encouragement, Helen became involved in many community activities. Her passion revolved around education and helping her community. Her volunteer activities included teaching first grade CCD, PTA at all levels, election to the local school board, being a docent at Sagtikos Manor, working on school and library budget votes, and a supporter of the local orchestra group and public library. She spent many happy days volunteering at the Thrift Shop at St Joseph’s Church in Babylon, of which she was a faithful parishioner.

One of her proudest accomplishments was being a founding member of the West Islip Bicentennial Committee, which started with a community-wide parade and celebration in 1976, and continues to this day with one of the largest craft and arts fairs on Long Island, the West Islip Country Fair.

She is survived by her four children: Bob (Donna) who reside in Niskayuna, N.Y.; Kathy (Ryan Strait) who reside in Lititz; Steve (Jacquelyn) from Garden City, N.Y.; Linda (Jim Jurs) in Babylon, N.Y. She leaves behind 10 beloved grandchildren, affectionately known as her Varsity, consisting of: Peter and Emily Schick; Becky (Chip Rizzo), Steve (Tori) Strait, Jeff Strait; and her JV squad, composed of: Brendan, Cate and Claire Schick; Amanda and Lauren Jurs. She is also survived by her brother: Ray Kisiel; and brother-in-law: Walter Reich; and many, many beloved nieces and nephews.

Services were held Jan. 25 at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, Babylon, Long Island. Interment followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Utica, N.Y.

McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors, Utica, N.Y., handled the arrangements. Condolences may be shared at nunnandmcgrath.com.

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