Helen Piszek Nelson, 69, of Worcester, an worldwide philanthropist, education and learning advocate, and enterprise chief, died Saturday, Oct. 9, of most cancers at dwelling at Meadowood Senior Living retirement community.
Mrs. Nelson was the daughter of Edward Piszek, the cofounder in 1946 of Mrs. Paul’s Kitchens, and she inherited her father’s organization acumen and generous character. She labored with him for a time, overseeing the company’s take a look at kitchen area, and serving as vice president of the Copernicus Modern society of The us, a personal household foundation he recognized to celebrate Polish heritage and boost Polish-American relations.
Afterwards, immediately after she and her relatives traveled to Poland and elsewhere, she created fiscal endowments for trade-college student plans at Delaware Valley and Gwynedd Mercy Universities, and Dickinson Faculty. She also funded instructional projects at Germantown Academy, the Community Partnership College in Philadelphia, and Martin Saints Classical Higher School in Oreland.
At the Neighborhood Partnership Faculty, she served build the school’s Edward and Olga Piszek Library, named in honor of her mother and father, and stocked the cabinets with publications.
Following her father’s dying in 2004, Mrs. Nelson became president and chief govt officer of the Copernicus Culture, and obtained awards from Poland’s Fee of Nationwide Training, and Jagiellonian and Podlasie Universities for subsidizing and encouraging academic associations involving Poland and the United States.
More than the many years, she met or labored with Pope John Paul II, author James Michener, former President Richard Nixon, former Secretary of Point out Colin Powell, and other religious, instructional, and political notables. She attended the two inaugurations of former President Ronald Reagan.
“Dad confirmed all of us that we can all spend it forward, a single way or another” Mrs. Nelson mentioned in a 2020 write-up on the Dickinson Faculty web-site. “One person can genuinely make a big difference in the entire world.”
Her husband of 48 decades, Erik Nelson, named her “an instigator and driving force” for excellent.
“She was caring and nurturing,” he said, “and it was natural for her to enable people.”
Mrs. Nelson graduated from Germantown Academy in 1970, and in 1990 was the 1st girl to get the school’s exceptional alumni award. A tribute on the school’s web-site notes her “generosity and positive outlook” and “continuous dedication to local community spirit and the better superior.”
Born Aug. 8, 1952, in Norristown, Mrs. Nelson lived in Fort Washington for 50 several years ahead of going to Lansdale. She fulfilled her partner at a occasion although they both equally attended Albright Higher education. They married in 1973, and raised daughters Elizabeth and Julia, and son John.
She left Albright immediately after two years but enrolled at Gwynedd Mercy decades afterwards and acquired a bachelor’s degree in business enterprise administration in 1993. She volunteered, and supported the Ambler Theater, Rodale Institute, Pearl S. Buck Global nonprofit, and other groups.
Mrs. Nelson favored to journey, engage in golfing, examine novels, and sit quietly with her puppies, Sophie and Bella. She spoke frequently to college students and other people about the worth of instruction, travel, and local community outreach.
Unassuming about her philanthropy, she gave anonymous items to mates, and thought of herself “an day-to-day individual,” her husband said.
“She was a great giver,” her partner said. He recalled conference her in faculty, and noticing her compassionate temperament right absent. “Once I talked to her, it was enjoy at initially sight,” he said.
In addition to her partner, and little ones, Mrs. Nelson is survived by two grandchildren, and 3 brothers. A sister died previously.
Providers have been held Oct. 15.
Donations in her title may possibly be built to the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion, c/o Amy Buick, 3941 Commerce Ave., Willow Grove, Pa., 19090, and the Neighborhood Partnership University, c/o Progression Office, 3033 West Glenwood Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., 19121.