Catherine Panek of Buffalo, an active member of Holy Apostles SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, died Saturday in Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 96.
Born Catherine Wegrzyn in Poland, she moved to Western New York with her family as a toddler.
She graduated from Holy Apostles Peter & Paul School and attended South Park High School.
She was employed as an assembly worker at Bell Aircraft from 1947 to 1957 and later was a bookbinder at J.W. Clement Co.
Mrs. Panek was a member of the senior citizens club at SS. Rita & Patrick Catholic Church.
She also served as a member of the Parish Council, the Queen of May Society and the Polish Workers Alliance at Holy Apostles SS. Peter & Paul Church, which once honored her as Mother of the Year.
Mrs. Panek was considered the historian of her Clinton and Smith streets neighborhood, and she enjoyed making afghans and cooking for family and friends.
Her first husband, John Kaluzny, died in 1939.
Her second husband, Roman Panek, died in 1988.
Surviving are two daughters, Helen Pirog of Depew and Patricia of Cheektowaga; two sons, John Kaluzny of the Town of Tonawanda and Laurence of North Delta, British Columbia; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in Holy Apostles SS. Peter & Paul Church after prayers in Pietszak Funeral Home. Burial was in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.