pharmacist, active in American Council for Polish Culture
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Henrietta Nowakowski is the product of 12 years of Felician Sisters' tutelage, having been taught Polish for most of those years. She is the youngest of four children. Her parents were pre- World War I immigrants, both coming from the Austro-Hungarian sector where her father, Ignacy Zapytowski having apprenticed as a cabinetmaker in Jaryczow Nowy, near Zapytow, served in the Austrian army prior to emigrating to the United States. He later served in Haller's army as a volunteer in France and Eastern Poland. Her mother, Aniela Jasionowicz, served as a governess and seamstress for an Austrian family in Lvov prior to emigrating.
Henrietta received a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University's College of Pharmacy, and maintains her license to practice to this day She is a member of several local and national professional organizations and has worked in hospital, clinic and community settings. She has volunteered for World Medical Relief, a local charity of international scope, helping with their prescription program for seniors, and has traveled to Poland with Americares, delivering medical supplies.
Her Polonian life started with membership in the Polish Falcons of America, where she has been a member since early childhood. She has held various offices in the organization at the local and state level and has been awarded he Falcons Bronze, Silver and Gold Stars of Merit. She most notably served as gym instructor at the local and state level. One may say that the Falcon organization is still very close to her heart.
She became involved with the American Council for Polish Culture's Detroit affiliate, Friends of Polish Art in 1978 and has served this group in many capacities.
Her first involvement with ACPCC (as it was then called) was during a convention in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1987 where she and her husband, Stanley (deceased in 1997) chaired the convention banquet. She has attended every convention since then, with few exceptions. She has served ACPC as a board member m various capacities She was elected director, auditor, Credentials and Grievance Committee member, Nominating Committee member, and was appointed Board Meetings arranger, and lately co-chair of the Polish Exhibit at the National Conference for Social Studies an ACPC project that she has been involved in for the last five years. She served as Business Manager of the Polish Heritage for 6 years and Financial Secretary for part of that time.
Currently she is Vice-president for American Affairs of the Polish American Congress, Michigan Division and in the past has served on the board of her local civic organizations. She owes her sense of commitment to community causes to her parents who were intensely involved in every phase of Detroit and nationwide Polonia. Notably her father helped organize the first Placówka Hallerczyków in Detroit and her mother a Polish Falcons Nest They both participated m virtually every community project.
Henrietta Nowakowski is most proud of her family: daughter Maria Conrado, son-in-law Zoltan, and grandsons Tadeusz and Mateusz.
From: Resume (2008)