Obituaries

Helen V. Crawley

December 17, 1928 - September 9, 2021

Helen V. (Uzalinski) Crawley, age 92, passed away on September 9th, 2021 in Aurora, IL.  Born on December 17th 1928 in Lawrence, MA to Matthew J. Uzalinski and Mary Dziadosz, Helen had 2 brothers and 4 sisters (one her twin who passed at child birth).

Helen was married to James J. Crawley from 1952 until his passing in 1998.  Long time residences of Lawrence, MA, Helen also had residences in Salem and Manchester NH as well as Melbourne, FL and N. Aurora, IL.

Helen graduated from St Mary’s HS in Lawrence.  She studied accounting and business and later would work hand in hand with her husband running Spring Valley Water Company.  Eventually, Helen would go on to work for many years in the Phillips Academy (Andover) Business Office and then for many years retiring as Credit Manager at Colombo Yogurt in Methuen, MA.

A member of one of the founding Polish families of the Holy Trinity Church in Lawrence, Helen was a devoted Catholic who loved her Faith, Family and Church.  Helen loved the Beach, especially summers at Seabrook Beach, NH, she loved to knit and spent a number of years knitting hundreds of mittens, scarves and sweaters for a variety of charities. 

Helen loved her children, grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters. Helen is survived by her son Tim Crawley and his wife Elizabeth of Navarre Beach, FL and her daughter Mary Beth Erickson and her husband Robert of Black Diamond, WA and 4 grandsons, James and Tim Crawley and Robert and Chad Erickson and 2 great –granddaughters Kennedy and Ophelia.  She is survived by many nieces, nephews and by one sister Carol Kotce of Haverhill, MA.

A memorial service will be held 4:00 P.M. on Monday September 13th, 2021 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL.   Ashes of the deceased will be interned at a later date in a private ceremony.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made online to the Allen Institute for Brain Science at www.alleninstitute.org

Guest Book

  • Bob Helen, I already miss you so much! You had such an impact in my life. I would not be the man I am today without your influence and guidance throughout the years. You were the mom I wish I had! We've been family for over 40 years and I will miss you so much! I'm glad your suffering is over and you are with Jim. Miss you and love you, Bob
  • Susan & Mark Cocozza Dear Mary Beth, I’m so sorry for your loss.I know what a wonderful daughter you were to your Mother.We had a lot of laughs with your Mom and Dad.Our thoughts are with you and your family during this sad time.
  • Sheila and Ed Fleming Mary Beth, we are so sorry for the passing of Auntie Helen. She was always such a wonderful Aunt, especially to Gregg. We will miss her deeply! You have been a wonderful daughter, caring for her all these years. Heaven received a Special Angel❤️
  • Tim Crawley The finest Christian women I know …. I am all I am because of your faith, love and support … till we are together again in the His Kingdom.
  • Mary Beth Mom, You were the best Mom anyone could have. I love you to the moon and back! Mary Beth