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Melanie T. Pawlik, 102, bookkeeper, volunteer

Dec. 31, 1912 – Dec. 19, 2015

Melanie T. Pawlik, a retired bookkeeper, volunteer and honored senior citizen, died Saturday in Elderwood Village at Williamsville. She was 102.

Born in Buffalo, the youngest of six children, the former Melanie Graczyk attended St. Adalbert’s School, skipping fifth and seventh grades, then graduating from Sacred Heart Academy in 1929.

As a bookkeeper, she was employed by several Buffalo businesses, including Jessoy Jewelers in downtown Buffalo, from which she retired after 20 years at age 65. However, retirement was short-lived and she continued working for the jewelry store until 1995, when she was 83.

Mrs. Pawlik lived in the same East Side home for 70 years until she moved to Bristol Village in Clarence after a brief illness in 2014. In declining health, she moved to Elderwood Village at Williamsville for hospice care.

She was an active member of Autumnwood Senior Center and was honored with the Senior of the Year Award for her volunteer efforts in 2011 at age 99. At Autumnwood, she maintained seasonal displays.

An avid Scrabble player, she was a three-time winner of local tournaments. She was an avid reader, relying on audio books when her vision began to fail. Over the years, she knitted mittens for the Salvation Army to give to needy children.

Her husband of 60 years, Leonard, died in 1993.

Survivors include twin daughters, Melanie Santoro and Leonie Flock; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Martha’s Parish, 10 French Road, Depew.

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