Helen Koziel of Orange recently celebrated her 102nd birthday. She was honored at many birthday gatherings hosted by her family and friends. Helen, a member of the Woodruff YMCA and the Town of Orange Senior Center, participates in water aerobics and in exercise classes at both facilities. She also volunteers with her “Soup Chic” friends at the Beth El Center in Milford where she helps prepare meals for the clients. Helen is an avid reader and very often lauds the Case Memorial Library for its well-run facility and programs. She likes to challenge herself by playing computer games as well. Helen thoroughly enjoys going out socially with her neighbors, the Ladies of the Lake, and her other friends for outings throughout the state. She likes long-distance travel as well, traveling around our country and Europe. Her most recent outing was on a cruise to Bermuda with family and friends.
Helen receives her greatest contentment and joy when she spends time with her children, her “Grands and her Greats” and her extended family. Her family celebrated their much-loved matriarch’s birthday with a luncheon hosted by her children, Joseph and Joan Koziel of Killingworth and Vincent and Barbara Schmidt of Orange. Helen persistently radiates a caring and positive spirit for which she is greatly admired. Helen has been a devoted communicant of St. Stanislaus’s Church since moving to New Haven in 1940. She also likes to attend Mass at Precious Blood Parish of Milford.
If one asks Helen to reveal her “secret” to a healthy longevity, she humbly and most often responds, “It is a combination of many things, but mostly I owe this life of happiness to my Faith, my Family and my Friends.”
Helen wishes “STOLAT” to all of you!