Jan. 9, 1952 – Feb. 7, 2017
Deacon Daniel H. Mackowiak, a teacher at Niagara Catholic High School in Niagara Falls and permanent deacon at Infant of Prague Catholic Parish in Cheektowaga, died unexpectedly Tuesday in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. He was 65.
Born in Dunkirk, he was a 1970 graduate of Cardinal Mindszenty High School in Dunkirk.
He attended Villa Maria College, earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Daemen College, then completed a master’s degree in biology from SUNY Buffalo State and received certification as a school administrator and superintendent.
Mr. Mackowiak began his career as executive director of the Catholic Youth Organization for the Diocese of Buffalo and continued to be active in the CYO until his death.
He went on to serve as principal at All Saints School in Buffalo and St. Mary of the Lake School in Hamburg.
Turning to the classroom, he taught religion and science classes and was campus minister at Southtowns Catholic School in Lake View.
For the past 13 years, he taught biology and other science courses at Niagara Catholic High School, where he also was campus minister, mock trial leader, Drama Club coordinator and Science Olympiad adviser.
As a deacon, he first served at St. Hyacinth’s Catholic Church in Dunkirk, then was assigned to Infant of Prague, where he also was director of religious education.
He was co-host of “Puppet Time Theatre” on the local Catholic television channel and was a recipient of the Lighting the Fire For Catholic Education award.
A resident of Eden before moving to Cheektowaga a few years ago, he also was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
An animal lover, he was a 4-H leader.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, the former Francine A. Marchinda; two daughters, Michelle Bogdan and Kristin; a son, Aaron; and five grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Infant of Prague Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.