Helen J Zalas

September 20, 1933 ~ September 15, 2020 (age 86)


Ms. Helen J. Zalas, 86, passed away peacefully at her residence in South Bend during the early hours of Tuesday, September 15, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones. Helen was born on September 20, 1933 in Chicago, IL to the late James John and Catherine Mary (Kuczek) Sikora.

Helen was a resident of the area for almost 70 years, relocating with her family in 1951. She graduated from Culver High School in Culver, IN and went on to work in data processing and the computer center at First Source Bank for over 24 years, retiring in 1998. Helen was also a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and cherished the time she got to spend with her friends and loved ones.

Helen was a Christian woman of great faith and a beloved companion, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, family member and friend. She will be greatly missed and cherished by all who knew her.

Helen is survived by her long-time companion, Duwayne Grabner of South Bend; four daughters: Christine (Roger) Najdek of South Bend, Lillian (Ray) Zaworski of Montgomery, AL, Kathleen Zalas of South Bend and Cynthia (Jeffrey) Zobrosky of South Bend; fifteen grandchildren, in order: Christine's family:  Roger (Lara) Najdek II, Chanda (Mark) Berta, Stacie (Casey) Curtis, Nathan (Ashley) Najdek, Lillian's family: Kay (Kevin) Adams, Carl (Dawn) Lawson, Jeremie (Hilary) Lawson, Charles (Caryl) Lawson, Emma (Jeff) O”Hehir, Samantha (Charles Jason) Gregory, Kathleen's family: Samson (Billie Jo) Wawrzynski, Deanna (Glenn) Hixenbaugh, Cynthia's family: Joellen (Dan) Trimberger, Justin (Heather) Zobrosky, Shannon (Roland) Mariscal; 41 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; as well as a host of extended family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Sikora.

The family will gather privately to celebrate Helen's life on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Palmer Funeral Homes - West Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Helen's honor to either Heartland Hospice, 230 W. Catalpa, Suite D, Mishawaka IN 46545 or Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 915 N. Olive Street, South Bend, IN 46628. Online expressions of sympathy may be left at 

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Family will gather privately at a later date


Heartland Hospice - Mishawaka
230 W. Catalpa, Suite D, Mishawaka IN 46545

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
915 N Olive Street, South Bend IN 46628

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