Obituary: Helen C. (Shipkowski) Warner

Helen C. (Shipkowski) Warner

NAUGATUCK — With heavy hearts and great sadness, the family of Helen C. (Shipkowski) Warner announces her passing on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the age of 90, in the VITAS Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital.

She was the wife for 64 years of the late Daniel Warner, who died in 2018 on almost the exact same day. She was a member of Holy Saviour Church, where she served on the Parish Committee for many years.

She was born Oct. 15, 1929, in Scranton, Pa., the youngest child of the late John and Bernice (Tryjanowski) Shipkowski, and graduated from Scranton Technical High School. After moving to Naugatuck and raising her family, later in life she obtained her real estate license, and, subsequently, her broker’s license, and for more than 20 years Warner Realty gained a reputation for professionalism and integrity that led to many families entrusting their purchases and sales to her.

Like her mother, Helen was an exceptional seamstress, turning out clothes like magic. She made baptism gowns for her granddaughters and grandsons out of her own wedding dress, which are precious family favorites. Always well dressed in the styles of the day, she had excellent taste and her home was beautifully decorated. She enjoyed a lively political discussion, and was a fan of the UConn women’s basketball team.

Known for being the energetic mother of five daughters, Helen’s love for her family was her priority, and she made sure her children and grandchildren had a cake and celebration for birthdays and anniversaries. Family holidays and gatherings were her greatest joy, along with attending her grandchildren’s various games and activities.

Above all, she was an amazing wife, mom and grandmother. “Nonnie” was strong and resilient, and her sharp mind, wise advice, humor and unconditional love will be greatly missed. Helen and Dan were dream-team parents and grandparents. Together, they created a close-knit family that will always love them unconditionally in return.

Thank you to the extraordinary nursing staff of St. Mary’s VITAS Unit, and all the nursing staff of St. Mary’s Hospital, who always treated our mom with kindness and dignity.

Helen is survived by her five daughters, Donna Warner of Naugatuck, Diane (Terry) Szczesiul of Naugatuck, Deborah (Vincent) Healy of Naugatuck, Carol (Joseph) Gallagher of West Hartford and Cheryl (Travis) Schweizer of Simsbury; nine grandchildren, including two sets of twins, Christine Healy, Kathryn and Nicole Healy, Kurtis Szczesiul, Jillian Gallagher, Daniel and Sarah Gallagher, Natalie Schweizer and Jack Schweizer; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Leona, Marcella, Dorothy, John and Stanley.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Saviour Church in Naugatuck. Friends may call to celebrate her life from 12 p.m. to the time of the service at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we ask everyone to please wear a facial covering and follow social distancing guidelines. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Scranton, Pa.

Contributions may be made to Holy Saviour Church Property Development Fund, 118 Prospect St., Naugatuck, CT 06770.

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