For 35 years, Mary Ann E. Waliszewski was a fixture as a crossing guard at Clinton and Gorski streets in Kaisertown.
The kids affectionately called her "Peewee," and she was known for having one of the cleanest corners in the city on snowy days -- even shoveling the snow herself when salt wasn't available.
"She loved the kids, she loved the cold weather, and she loved her job," said her daughter, Karen Ackerman of Elma, who noted her mother helped senior citizens across the street and was known for being friendly and helpful.
Mrs. Waliszewski, who completed the 2003-04 school year at the corner for the Buffalo School District, died of cancer Thursday in Erie County Home and Infirmary, Alden. She was 67.
Born Mary Ann Zamrok in Buffalo, she graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School. She was a member of St. Casimir's Catholic Church and the Buffalo Police Crossing Guards Association.
Mrs. Waliszewski enjoyed cards, going to casinos and the beach and Sunday dinners with her brothers.
An Elvis Presley fan, she prominently displayed a velvet painting of the King of Rock
'n' Roll in the living room of her Buffalo home. She was in the audience of Presley's first concert in Buffalo and in later years enjoyed going to see Elvis impersonator Terry Buchwald.
Survivors, in addition to her daughter, include her husband of 45 years, Chester of Buffalo; three sons, Michael of Yuma, Ariz., Mark of Cheektowaga and Chester III of Charleston, S.C.; five sisters, Theresa Zamrok of the Town of Hamburg, Jean Alessi of Buffalo, Bernadette Lukaszewski of South Wales, Barbara Virginia of West Seneca and Jacqueline Zamrok of Scranton; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Casimir's Church, Weimar and Casimir streets.