Resident Spotlight: Helen Sarik

Posted by Kia Crawford on October 1st, 2014 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Helen Bobick Sarik was born on September 25, 1927 in Central New Jersey. She grew up in the same area she was born in.  Helen grew up the youngest of 7 children with 3 sisters and 3 brothers.  She graduated from high school.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

Helen states that she remembers helping her mother with cooking favorite food items at home and at the church for church gatherings.  She also has good memories of playing and spending time with her brothers and sisters who all were close to each other in age. They loved spending time together and playing together.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Helen met her future husband, George Sarik, working in a factory A S & R. She worked in the office and he worked in the factory. They got married January 29, 1949 and they were happily married 63 years until he died June 2012.  They had three children, 1 boy and 2 girls.  Today only her daughters are living.  Helen and her husband loved to travel traveling all over the US and beyond, US with their favorite trip being to Israel.  Helen also loved doing volunteer work and she was an amazing cook. She especially enjoyed baking specialty deserts.

Did you have a profession?

Helen’s main job was working for Swifts Ice Cream in the packing department which she did for many years.  She also did some office work as a secretary.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?

Helen is most proud of her three children.  Helen also did a lot of volunteer work in the local hospital. She enjoying interacting with people with her being very much a people person.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone just starting a family?

Helen told her daughter to put God first in your marriage and your marriage will be successful.

What brought you to Dogwood Forest?

Helen was living a very normal life until her husband died in June 2012.  Soon after the family realized Helen could not live on  her own as she needed care with everyday living.  In Summer of 2013 Helen was very sick with colon cancer. They did surgery and removed all of the cancer, but then she also developed blood clots. At that point Helen’s daughter in the Atlanta area stopped work to take care of Helen at home who needed constant care and attention.

Helen’s daughter heard about Adult Day Care Services offered at Dogwood Forest Eagles Landing and in April 2014 Helen started coming to Dogwood Forest Monday through Friday weekly for Adult Day Services.  Helen states that she loves coming to Dogwood Forest daily and has made a lot of friends. She is very active and social and involved in the life of the facility, unlike how she was at home just watching television. Helen and her daughter are very pleased with coming to Dogwood Forest daily.