July 8, 1954 - Nov. 8, 2017
Mary Ann Drabczyk told people she never believed in standing on the sidelines.
Whether she was volunteering at her church, the United Way, her daughter's school PTA, or investigating workplace discrimination complaints for the federal government, the Amherst woman threw herself into every project.
"She was always on a mission to help people in one way or another," said her daughter, Lucy Drabczyk. "She believed in getting involved."
Mrs. Drabczyk, a 28-year employee of the federal government, died Nov. 8 after a long illness in the Wells Hospice House at Beechwood Continuing Care in Getzville. She was 63.
Born and raised in Batavia, the former Mary Ann Penepent was educated at Batavia High School, Genesee County Community College, Buffalo State College and Canisius College, where she earned a Masters in Business Administration. She worked 10 years for the Internal Revenue Service before taking a job as an investigator for the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission. She retired due to illness in March.
Mrs. Drabczyk was a United Way volunteer and served as a mentor and on leadership committees at both of the federal agencies. She was a long-time active volunteer at St. Christopher's Catholic Church, where she taught Confirmation classes and helped her daughter run the childrens choir. She was also a volunteer in Parent Teacher Association groups in the Sweet Home School District, and at the Seneca Babcock Community Center. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the Brighton Place Library and Villa Maria College.
Known for her enthusiasm and contageous laugh, Mrs. Drabczyk enjoyed gardening, yoga, taking long walks and going to the North Tonawanda farmers market.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by Edward J.P. Drabczyk, her husband of 43 years, and three brothers, Philip, Michael and David.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.at St. Christopher's, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.