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A Mass of Christian Burial for Ludmila Skowronek, 68, who was active in Polish cultural and social activities, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 123 Townsend St.

She died Aug. 18, 1998, in an auto accident in Ancaster, Ont., near Hamilton, while returning from a visit to African Lion Safari. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

She was born Ludmila Kozek in Poniatowka, Poland. She and her family were deported to Siberia by the Soviets in 1940.

Given amnesty in 1942 after her father and brother were enlisted in the Polish armed forces, she, her mother, sister and two younger brothers were allowed to leave the Soviet Union as military dependents. They were sent through Iran and India to Tanganyika, now Tanzania, where they lived for six years in Kidugala, a Polish relocation settlement.

The family was reunited after the war in England. There she met and married Tadeusz Skowronek. She and her husband came to Buffalo in 1956. He died in 1971.

She worked as an accountant, bookkeeper, translator and computer specialist for Erie County Savings Bank, Sealtest, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and the Cheektowaga Police Department.

Devoted to her Polish heritage, she and her husband were among the founders of the Kolo Przyjaciol Harcerstwa Polskiego -- Podhale, or Friends of the Polish Scout Group -- Podhale. She served on its board of directors.

Noted as a singer, she was a frequent performer in programs for the Stowarzyszenie Polskich Kombatantow, or Polish Combatants Association, as a soloist and in a quartet with her sister, Krystyna, and her brother-in-law.

She also sang as a soloist for reunions of Afrykanczykow, an organization of Polish expatriates who were refugees in Africa during World War II. She sang with the St. John Kanty Choir and was active in the Sloan Senior Citizens Center.

Surviving are a son, Zygmunt of Sloan; a sister, Krystyna Nieduzak; and three brothers, Eugeniusz Kozek of Grand Island, Leszek Kozek of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Wieslaw Kozek of San Juan, Puerto Rico.


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