Aug. 6, 1950 - July 7, 2015
Phyllis C. Partacz of Hamburg was not blessed with children of her own, her husband said, so the children at Women & Children’s Hospital became her family.
“Any event that was for Women & Children’s Hospital, my wife was there,” said Chester Partacz.
Mrs. Partacz, who dedicated her life to charitable causes, died unexpectedly July 7 after being stricken at home. She was 64.
Born in Buffalo, the former Phyllis Olejniczak and Chester Partacz met in 1970 at the rehearsal for a wedding where both were standing up for the wedding couple. They were married two years later.
Mrs. Partacz was a member of the Variety Club of Buffalo and Women’s Variety Club of Buffalo for 20 years. She also made theme baskets for many events sponsored by the Kaleida Foundation of Women & Children’s Hospital. She was an Erie County Fair Friends of the Fair coordinator for 15 years.
She also worked at Zittels Country Market for 11 years and at Buffalo Raceway.
But her main focus the last 25 years, her husband said, “were the kids at the hospital.” She was adept at organizing and making theme baskets and wreaths for various fundraisers, and loved flowers.
“Our whole cellar is filled with different things for raffles,” he said. “My wife dedicated herself to this.”
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Partacz is survived by her mother, Irene Olejniczak, and brother, Victor P. Olejniczak.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Friday at Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga.