February 17 2018: ORZEL, Helen Monica

Helen Monica Orzel

Helen was born on July 4, 1925 in Erie, PA the daughter of Casper and Adela Orzel.  She died on February 14, 2018 in Silver Spring, MD.  Helen graduated from St. Stanislaus Elementary, St. Benedict Academy and the Benedictine College (Mount St. Scholastic) in Atchison, Kansas.

She began her 40 year career in travel as a stewardess for American Airlines then as a Travel Agent for Ask Mr. Foster Travel Services in Hollywood, CA., packaging and directing domestic tours and Super Bowl events. With the Carlson Travel group, Helen traveled extensively internationally as a guide for company sponsored tours.  She retired from Carlson as Manager of Wholesale Travel Operations.

Helen was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching and following her favorite events.  She enjoyed playing golf, making a hole-in-one witnessed by her two astonished golfing partners.

Helen had a life long commitment to her catholic faith.  She had a special devotion to the rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  In the course of her travels she made a point to visit many of the catholic shrines in Europe.  She and her sister Betty were fortunate to attend a mass celebrated by Padre Pio.  She was also a volunteer in the UCLA Health System serving as Eucharistic Minister for many years.

Helen relocated from Culver City, Ca. to her family home in Erie, PA to be with her sisters.  They enjoyed life as snowbirds spending the winter months in the Florida Keys.  Health concerns necessitated a recent move to Silver Spring, MD.

Helen was preceded in death by her sisters Frances (Orzel) Sullivan and Elizabeth “Betty” Orzel.  Survivors include her sisters Genevieve (Orzel) Desmarais (George) of Salisbury, MD and Rita Orzel of Erie, PA, nieces Beatrice (Desmarais) Lowe (David) of Salisbury, MD, Allis Sullivan Guay (Bernard) of Hyattsville, MD, Mary (Desmarais) Bork (Rich) of Wyoming, DE, Carol (Desmarais) Miller (Bob) of Chantilly, VA, nephews Dave Desmarais (Kathy) of Clinton MD, Carl Desmarais (Christina) of Vienna, VA and Philip Desmarais (Patricia) of LaPLata, MD.  Helen is also survived by many grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Riderwood Chapel in Silver Spring, MD.  Helen will be interred in a private ceremony at Calvary Cemetery in Erie, Pa.

Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
500 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Phone: 301.593.9500