Emelia Konieczny, a former resident of Buffalo and Clarence, died Jan. 26, 2001, in Thunderbird Samaritan Hospital, Glendale, Ariz., after a long battle with emphysema. The Peoria, Ariz., resident was 81.
Born Emelia "Emily" Grezlikowska in Buffalo, she lived in the city until 1994, when she moved to Clarence. She moved to Arizona in 1997.
Her daughter, Lucille DiPasquale of Peoria, said her mother loved bingo and cherished the camaraderie she shared with others playing the game in the Peoria Senior Center.
She said her mother, who used a wheelchair because of her ailment, had an ageless beauty, relentless spirit, wit and a straightforward nature. She also had a strong faith in God.
Her husband of 31 years, Bernard, died in 1973.
Besides her daughter, she is survived by a sister, Felicia "Sally" Boryszewska of McMinnville, Tenn., and four grandchildren.
A memorial Mass was held in Peoria.