Mary Helen (Kuczek) Rakowski


Mary Helen (Kuczek) Rakowski, age 93 of Midland Park, NJ, formerly of Rome, NY, died on February 2, 2019. She was born March 29, 1925 in Rome, NY, the daughter of John and Lucy (Siera) Kuczek. Mary graduated from Transfiguration School and Rome Free Academy. On April 12, 1947 she married John M. Rakowski at Transfiguration Church.

Mary was employed at Revere Copper and Brass, Griffiss Air Force Base, and Varflex Corporation. She was a member of the St. Cecelia Choir for many years, the Rosary Society, Mothers’ Club, Polish Home, and South Rome Senior Center. She also was a member of the Polish Music Society Chorale where she held the office of President. She served as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Lector Coordinator at Transfiguration Church. 

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Bette Rakowski of Palmetto, FL, and Thomas and Carol Rakowski of Mahwah, NJ; five grandchildren and one great grandchild: Kelly Rakowski; Scott Rakowski, his wife Lisa, and their son Byson; Brandt Rakowski, Kayla Dryden and her husband Andrew; and Chase Rakowski. In addition she is survived by her sister Jessie Kopytowski of Rome NY, three sisters-in-law, Dolores Rakowski of Rome, NY, Clara Brzezienski of Ooltewah,TN, and Jeanette Rakowski of Waterbury CT, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Mary was predeceased by her husband John, her sisters Veroncia, Broncia, Gsenia, Josephine Janowski, and her brother John. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 8th at 11:30 a.m. at Transfiguration Church, 111 Ridge St., Rome, NY 13440, with the Rev. Mark Pasik officiating. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Mary’s family will be receiving friends and family prior to the mass at Transfiguration Church on Friday from 10-11:30 a.m. Contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to Transfiguration Memorial Fund, South Rome Senior Center, The Valley Hospital Foundation (Ridgewood, NJ) or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome. 

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