STAMFORD, Conn. – Helen Dmochowski of Stamford died Oct. 18. She was 95.
Born July 7, 1917, in Stamford, she was the daughter of Franciszek "Frank" and Bronislawa "Blanche" Dmochowski. She attended Holy Name of Jesus School and graduated from Stamford High School in 1934.
Known as Helen Dee, Dmochowski began her career working at Yale & Towne. She attended hairdressing school in New York and later taught hairdressing at one of Stamford’s first hairdressing schools.
She served in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps during World War II, first as an ambulance driver at Valley Forge Military Hospital and later overseas in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.
Dmochowski achieved the rank of sergeant and was awarded the American Campaign Medal, WAAC Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with a Bronze Service Star, Philippine Liberation Campaign Medal and two overseas service bars.
After the war, Dmochowski founded Emily Dee Salon in Greenwich, which she owned and operated until 1982. She then went to work for Zotos Salon in Darien before retiring.
She sang in the choir at Holy Name of Jesus Church and volunteered at St. Camillus Care and Rehabilitation Center and as an English tutor to Polish immigrants.
Dmochowski was predeceased by two brothers, Lucian (Moe) and Stanley Dmochowski. She is survived by a sister, Charlotte Jachimczyk, of Stamford; and three generations of nieces and nephews.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bosak Funeral Home in Stamford. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Stamford. A committal service with full military honors will follow at St. John's Cemetery in Darien.
Memorial donations may be made to the Holy Name of Jesus Restoration Fund or to a favorite charity.