Charles H. Miecznikowski, 73, a teacher for nearly 30 years in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District, died Monday (Dec. 17, 1990) in his Cheektowaga home after a short illness.
A native of Buffalo, Miecznikowski graduated from Lancaster High School and Buffalo State Teachers College, then received a master's degree from the University of Buffalo in 1951.
He taught industrial arts and mechanical drawing in Cheektowaga-Sloan schools and was a summer school principal and chairman of the art department. He retired in 1979.
He served in the Army during World War II as a non-commissioned officer and participated in the invasions of Africa and Europe.
Miecznikowski was keenly interested in both Polish culture and the history of early American industries. He set up several exhibits of Polish folk art in Western New York and at the time of his death was actively preparing for an exhibit in the Buffalo Museum of Science next year.
His interest in early American industries led him to join the Early American Industries Association and the Mid-West Tool Collectors Society and to help establish the Western New York Tool Collectors Society.
A member of the Kosciuszko Society, the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo and the Polish-American Solidarity Club of Western New York, Miecznikowski also was a patron of the Washington Project sponsored by the American Council for Polish Culture and a past member of the Cheektowaga Polish-American Festival Committee.
In August 1989, he received an award from the festival committee "for his untiring effort and dedication in promoting Polish culture around our community" and an award from the Erie County clerk for his "educational leadership."
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Jessie of Cheektowaga; two sons, Charles J. and Michael; two daughters, Janice Laurie and Christine Maciejewski; two sisters, Sue Regan and Theodosia Clark; a brother, Mesco Macy, and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 85 Burlington Ave., Depew. Burial will be in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.