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Mary V. Giermek, 88, a retired seamstress and office worker who supported the Franciscan Friars, died Thursday (March 26, 1998) in Mercy Hospital after a long illness.

The former Mary Kowalczyk was born in Buffalo but lived most of her life in Sloan.

She was a graduate of the former St. Mary's Business School.

For more than a decade she worked as a seamstress at Barnum Brothers and later as a secretary at Dennis & Co.

A founding member of the Franciscan Benefactors, she also was a member of the Friars Club and St. Andrew's Parish where she was active in the Blue Army, Mothers Club and Rosary Society.

She also was a member of the Polish Women's Alliance, Sloan Seniors and the Home Bureau. She had served as an officer in the three organizations.

She is survived by two sons, Friar Joachim, the Vicar General of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual in Rome, Italy, and Stanley of Abingdon, Md.; a daughter, Anne Holmes of Sloan; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Friar Joachim at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Andrew's Church in Sloan after prayers at 9:15 in the Smolarek Funeral Home, 2510 Union Road, Cheektowaga.


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