Deborah Ann Stachowski, a Cheektowaga resident and jewelry store owner, died Friday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a long illness. She was 49.
Born Deborah Ann Jakubczak in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Mount Mercy Academy and earned an associate's degree from Trocaire College.
After graduating, she worked as a CT scan technician at Children's Hospital, then later at Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
In 1982, she joined the family business, Select Stamp and Coin, and later developed a jewelry division called All That Glitters Jewelry. Both businesses were incorporated into Precious Arts Corp., which Mrs. Stachowski served as president. In 2002, the company moved to its present location and opened a large retail store on Union Road in Cheektowaga.
Mrs. Stachowski was a member of the Gemological Institute of America and traveled to Antwerp, Belgium, as well as New York City and Las Vegas for gems and jewelry to enhance her business.
She was active in the East Clinton Professional and Businessmen's Association, served as past president and was named the association's business person of the year in 1992. She was a committeewoman for the Democratic Party of Cheektowaga, a member of the Zonta Club of Buffalo, Jewelers of America and Lancaster Country Club.
She enjoyed extensive traveling and designing jewelry, flowers and home interiors. She also loved spending time with her family.
Mrs. Stachowski is survived by her husband, Michael J., the brother of State Sen. William T. Stachowski; a daughter, Crystal of Cheektowaga; a stepdaughter, Lisa Ann Woods of Boston, Mass.; a stepson, Evan of Ohio; her parents, Richard and Dolores Jakubczak of Cheektowaga; and a grandchild.
Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in Buszka Funeral Home, 2005 Clinton St. at South Ogden Street, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. Burial will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery, West Seneca.