Helen Zilnicki

Helen Zilnicki of Riverhead died Feb. 11 at Peconic Bay Medical Center. She was 79.

She was born March 24, 1932, in Mattituck to Joseph and Josephine Michalecko and was a graduate of Mattituck High School.

She married John B. Zilnicki on Dec. 30, 1952, in Cutchogue, and together they ran Zilnicki Farms.

Ms. Zilnicki enjoyed farming, gardening and cooking, according to family members.

Predeceased by her husband in 1983, she is survived by her sons, John (Joanne) and Ronald, both of Riverhead, and Joseph (Deborah), of Calverton; her brother, Paul Michalecko of Mattituck; and her grandchildren, John and Jackie. She was also predeceased by her sister, Stella Jarzombek, in 2011.

Visiting hours took place Feb. 13 at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A service was held Feb. 14 at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead, followed by interment at the church cemetery.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

This is a paid notice.