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Helen Piszek Nelson, philanthropist, advocate, and business leader, dies at 69

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Helen Piszek Nelson, 69, of Worcester, an international philanthropist, education advocate, and business leader, died Saturday, Oct. 9, of cancer at home 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 business acumen and generous nature. She worked with him for a time, overseeing the company’s test kitchen, and serving as vice president of the Copernicus Society of America, a private family foundation he established to celebrate Polish heritage and promote Polish-American relations.

Later, after she and her family traveled to Poland and elsewhere, she created financial endowments for exchange-student programs at Delaware Valley and Gwynedd Mercy Universities, and Dickinson College. She also funded educational projects at Germantown Academy, the Community Partnership School in Philadelphia, and Martin…

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