July 16, 1915 – May 3, 2014
Sara S. Kowalewski, a former reporter for The Buffalo Evening News and teacher’s aide in the reading program at Schools 3 and 18, died Saturday in Hawthorne Health Rehabilitation Center. She was 98.
The former Sara Sciolino, a lifelong Buffalo resident, graduated from School 76 in 1928 and Hutchinson-Central High School in 1932.
She continued her studies with post-graduate work at Buffalo Technical High School and courses at Millard Fillmore College, associated with the University of Buffalo.
Mrs. Kowalewski became a reporter for The News assigned to the Broadway branch, where she worked with her future husband Edmund F. Kowalewski Sr., until their marriage in 1939. He remained at the newspaper until his death in 1969.
During World War II, Mrs. Kowalewski served on the Office of Price Administration and on the board of the Rent Division and Large Truck Tires Board as a secretary-clerk.
In 1965, she was among the first group in the newly established unit of Buffalo teacher’s aides, a position she held in the reading program at Schools 3 and 18 for 20 years until her retirement in 1985.
While employed with the Buffalo Board of Education, she was an active member of the negotiating team that resulted in the unionization of the teacher’s aides with their own chapter in a local union.
She was active in union activities and served as chairwoman.
While her three children were in school, she became active with the Mothers Clubs at School 16, Cathedral School on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, Nardin Academy, Canisius High School and the Canisius College Alumni Parents Association.
Starting in 1951, she was a congregant of St. Joseph’s New Cathedral and Blessed Sacrament Parish, both on Delaware Avenue.
She was an active participant in the Altar and Rosary Society, where she served in various positions including its board.
In addition she enjoyed reading and crocheting.
She traveled to Europe with the Canisius College Alumni Association.
A highlight of another trip was traveling to Poland with her husband, who as a reporter for The News accompanied Mayor Frank A Sedita Sr., who was attending a conference with other mayors of American cities with large Polish-American populations.
The News appointed her as the official photographer during this excursion. The film was subsequently presented by WBEN-TV as a prime-time program.
She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Roberts and Marcia Roberts; a son, Edmund; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m., Saturday in Blessed Sacrament Church, 1029 Delaware Ave.