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Helen Sendra


IRONWOOD, Mich. — Helen Sendra, 90, of Mercer, Wis., died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Aspirus Grand View Hospital in Ironwood.

She was born Sept. 4, 1922, in Lipin, Poland, daughter of the late Michael and Sophia (Skouba) Pietkiewicz, and came to Chicago in 1949, where she worked at Pullman Coach Co. for 10 years. She then was employed at Zenith Corporation in Cicero, Ill., retiring as kitchen manager for the William J. Wrigley Co. in 1983. She moved to Mercer in 2006, and was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church.

Helen married Florian A. Sendra in Nov. 1944, in Poland. He preceded her in death in 1998.

Surviving are a son, John (Antoinette), Mercer; two grandchildren, Anthony (Paulina) Sendra and David (Jennifer) Hooten, both of Wheaton, Ill .; four great-grandchildren, Austen and Jacob Hooten and Joshua and Ethan Sendra; three sisters, Jane Krygowski, Poland, Kacey (Vince) Berdysz, Willow Springs, Ill., and Josephine (Frank) Gondek, Lamont, Ill .; and numerous nieces, nephews and brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, March 25, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Mercer, with the Rev. Lourdu Mandapati, celebrant.

A reception will follow in the parish hall.

Visitation will then be held Tuesday evening at the Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 8999 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs, Ill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at Our Lady, Mother of the Church, with entombment to follow in Resurrection Community Mausoleum in Justice, Ill.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, Inc., Ironwood, where condolences may be given online at


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