Rita M. Stachowiak, a longtime administrative assistant for the Army Corps of Engineers, died Friday in ElderWood Health Care at Maplewood, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. She was 88.
Born in Buffalo, she graduated from East High School and joined the Corps of Engineers during the 1930s. She retired in 1980.
Mrs. Stachowiak was a parishioner of Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church and a member of its senior citizens group.
She enjoyed travel and took trips to Greece, Egypt, Ireland and Lebanon. She enjoyed reading and was a benefactor of many charities.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.