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Wanda A. Rowcroft, 64, a violinist with the Niagara Frontier Fiddle Club of Western New York, died Friday (Dec. 24, 1999) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a brief illness.

Born Wanda Sowa in Flin Flon, Manitoba, she grew up in Welland, Ont., and lived in Thorold, Ont., and St. Catharines, Ont., before moving to Niagara Falls in 1984.

She was a credit clerk at Sears in St. Catharines for many years.

A member of the St. Catharines Old Time Fiddlers, she enjoyed art, music, dancing and painting portraits of her family and friends.

She was the widow of Roy Sokoloski.

Surviving are her second husband, John A. Rowcroft; two daughters, Diane and Gloria Sokoloski, both of Toronto; a stepson, John H. Rowcroft; two stepdaughters, Mary Margaret Govern of Grand Island and Cynthia Ann Freeman of Plattsburgh; a brother, Walter Sowa of Toronto; and three granddaughters.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Rhoney Funeral Home, Cayuga and South Ninth streets, Lewiston. Burial will be in Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines.


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