October 21, 1930 ~ May 5, 2012
ARLINGTON -- Helen Duffey Hawrylak, 81, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2012. Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Arlington, the Rev. Father Michael Ciski, T.O.R., officiating. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth. Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, with a 7 p.m. prayer vigil in Wade Family Chapel. Memorials: Memorial gifts may be made to Catholic Charities of Fort Worth or Mission Arlington. Helen was born Oct. 21, 1930, in Gainesville, to John and Hazel Duffey. She was raised in Fort Worth. On May 5, 1956, she married her sweetheart, Robert Lee Hawrylak, and had been an Arlington resident since 1967 and a member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church. Helen was a medical technologist specializing in hematology. She was a member of the PTA and Texas A&M Mothers Club. She also enjoyed her association with the Altar Guild and Leisure Club of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church. Helen loved to travel and did so as often as she could. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 47 years, Robert, on March 18, 2004. Survivors: Sons, Steve M. Hawrylak and wife, Liza, R. Alan Hawrylak and wife, Kay, John M. Hawrylak and wife, Sondra, Paul G. Hawrylak and wife, Judy; daughter-in-law, Amy Dziak; and grandchildren, Kamryn, Andy, Samuel, Jane, Kathryn, Bill, Erin, Brandi, Jennifer and Adam. Wade Family Funeral Home Arlington, 817-274-9233
Steve, Alan, John, and Paul. I have such great memories of your Mom and I am so sorry for your loss. I would love to be there when she hunts your Dad down up in Heaven. Poor Robert! I feel like I lost my “second Mom” but I am happy to know there is no more suffering and that she is at Peace. Just know that you guys and all the rest of the Hawrylak Clan are in our prayers and we love you all. Good bye Duffy and thanks for so many happy memories!
Dear Hawrylak family,
I was so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing.
It was always such a good time when David and I visited Robert and Helen through the years, from when you boys were little to when you were married and had kids of your own. Never a dull moment at the Hawrylak house!
May God comfort all of you at this time.
Our group has missed her smiles and laughter at out meetings. She added such joy. She was so faithfilled. We remember her in our prayers.
Duffey had such uniqueness and a great love of life! She was a great mother-in-law and always an inspiration. There are so many wonderful memories, and her spirit will always remain in my heart. Love you Duffey!
We are so sorry for your loss. I remember those days of spending the night and visiting on Lynnewood, and your Mom yelling at all those boys, because we were a rowdy group. She is truly a saint, along with your Father, for turning out such fine men as sons. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care brother. Love you.
The 4 Hawrylak and 4 Linney boys kept Woodland West busy. Bob and Helen were fine Christian parents and very special friends. We shared many wonderful memories. Our deepest sympathy to Steve, Alan, John and Paul and your spouses and children. May time heal your pain, and many smiles return to your hearts as you remember…..oh, what rowdy, happy memories….I can still remember all the pizza makings….God Bless each of you. Wish we could be there inperson, but just found out. Will be there in spirit. John and beverly
I have had the honor of knowing the Hawrylak’s for 9 year. Everyone in that family has treated me always like one of their own and Duffey was simply the best.
She was not only a customer of mine via Blanco IT Consulting but a very dear friend. We would sit for hours talking and we shared stories and I learned a great deal from her.
It came as a shock to me to hear of her passing. While I know she has been reunited with her beloved husband and her Savior Jesus Christ, it will leave a void in my heart.
Duffey you will be rememeber my dear friend. We love and we will never forget you.
I had the special good fortune to know Duffy when her Arlington Medical Laboratory merged with AMLaboratories, Inc. in Dallas. She was a stellar Medical Technologist and I am privileged to call her not only a co-worker but a friend as well. Not only was she a true professional, but she seemed to make any challenge fun and rewarding. Her gentle sense of humor and that special laugh of hers will be missed by anyone whose life she touched. I am sure there is a special star shining in the heavens looking down on us all.