Helen Heynoski Zamborik of North East died on Friday July 30, 2010 at St. Mary’s East. She was born in Erie, Pa. to the late Christ and Bridget Wasielewski Wojcicki.

Helen was employed at General Electric in Erie for 37 years as a welder. She was the first and only woman welder in the General Electric Company’s locomotive and car equipment department in Erie. Helen started her welding career during the World War II manpower shortage. Today, Helen is know by several General Electric employees as “The Legend”.

Helen had a true spirit of adventure and a love for life, people, and nature. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, water skiing, crocheting, and loved her dogs especially Tiger and Sandy.

She was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church. 

 She was preceded in death by her husband Edward Zamborik; a daughter, Loretta Phaneuf; brothers and sisters; Joseph Wojcicki, Edward Wojcicki, Stella Miller, Walter Wojcicki, Albert Wojcicki, Charles Wojcicki, and Virginia Stanchiu.

She is survived by her son, Edward J. Heynoski and wife Theresa of Erie; grandchildren, Ruth Ann LaCastro and husband Anthony, Pamela Heynoski, Lisa DePaul and husband John, Suzanne Fontecchio and husband Thomas, Shawn Phaneuf, Leslie Fletcher, Penny Phaneuf, and several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were handled by the William D. Elkin Funeral Home 65 South Lake Street North East.  Memorials may be made to St. Gregory School 140 West Main Street North East, PA 16428.

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