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Martha A. Bialaszewski, churchwoman, VA volunteer

Aug. 11, 1925 – May 6, 2016

DUNKIRK – Martha A. Bialaszewski, a longtime Dunkirk resident, active churchwoman and avid volunteer, died Friday in the Terre Haute, Ind., home of her son, where she had been living for the past several months. She was 90.

Born in Dunkirk, the former Martha Pawelczak was a graduate of Dunkirk Business Institute and a retired employee of Cease’s Commissary/Interstate United.

She had volunteered for many years at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Buffalo, and received a Volunteer Service Award from the City of Buffalo.

She was an active parishioner, serving in leadership roles at Blessed Mary Angela Parish Church of St. Hedwig, its Rosary Society, Sacred Heart Society, Ladies Society and Mothers Club. She also was a lector, Eucharistic minister and called bingo for many years.

Mrs. Bialaszewski also served as president of the Dunkirk & Fredonia Professional Business Womens Club and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1960. She was a member of Catholic Daughters Court 250, Dunkirk Falcons Club Auxiliary and Ladies Society of the World War II Vets Club.

In Terre Haute, she was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.

Her husband of many years, Walter, died in 2007.

Survivors include her son, Dr. Dennis, and a granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Blessed Mary Angela Church of St. Hedwig, Townsend and Doughty streets in Dunkirk.