Helen Katherine (Kempa) Popiel

Helen Katherine (Kempa) Popiel    Former Great Falls and Conrad resident Helen Katherine (Kempa) Popiel, 88, of Lakewood, Colo., a homemaker, died of natural causes June 21 at a Lakewood nursing home.
    Her memorial service is 10 a.m. July 14 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Great Falls, followed by a reception at the church. Graveside services and burial of ashes will take place in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
    Survivors include daughters Judy (Dennis) Spencer, of Lakewood, Terry Jappe, of Portland, Ore., and Cathy McDunn, of Dutton; sons Mike Stryjewski, of Great Falls, Tom Stryjewski, of Helena, John Stryjewski, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Dick Popiel, of Conrad; a sister, Dorothy Phillippe, of Great Falls; a sister-in-law, Ruth Kempa, of Helena; brothers Bill (Sandy) Kempa, of Choteau, Stan (Joyce) Kempa and Dan (Renée) Kempa, of Great Falls; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by husbands Joseph Stryjewski Sr. and Ray Popiel; a son, Joseph Stryjeski Jr.; and brothers Frank Kempa and Bernard Kempa.
    Helen was born March 12, 1919, in Great Falls, where she was raised and educated, graduating from Great Falls High School.
    She married Joseph Stryjewski in 1943 in Philadelphia, Pa.; he died in 1968. She married Ray Popiel in 1975 in Great Falls.
    Helen worked for food service at the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind in Great Falls, and as a dietitian for Pondera Nursing Home in Conrad. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Conrad, and enjoyed playing bridge, was an avid golfer and especially loved spending time with family and friends.