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Kristina Kelly, a Polish immigrant who served in the underground against the Nazi occupation during World War II, died Jan. 23, 2001, in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, where a memorial service was held. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Mrs. Kelly, 69, came to Buffalo in 1952 and worked for two years at the Sample Shop.

She was active with ballroom dance clubs that met at veterans posts and the Hearthstone Manor. Her dance partner for 20 years was Joseph Kolinski. She also was active with the Newburg Coalition for Improving Neighborhoods.

Born Kristina Chrapunow in Lodz, she was ejected with her family from their home and cafe by the Germans in 1939. She lived in the forest until she was 11, when she joined the Polish underground army, running errands and delivering messages. She also was trained to pick the pockets of German soldiers for their papers and was shot at more than once.

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Robert; two daughters, Deborah Popanda of Milwaukee and Kathleen McNamara of St. Louis; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


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