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Charlotte M. Kwiatkowski, active in diocese June 26, 1921 -- March 20, 2006

Charlotte M. Kwiatkowski died unexpectedly Monday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after suffering a heart attack in her Lancaster home. She was 84.

Raised on Buffalo's East Side, she graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School, where she excelled as a student. Being awarded a dictionary by The Buffalo Evening News to honor her first-place finish in its spelling bee was a highlight of her school years.

Among her many interests, Mrs. Kwiatkowski enjoyed baking and gardening. In a Buffalo News story marking the closing of Crystal Beach Amusement Park, she recalled her boat excursions on the old Canadiana: "We couldn't afford the rides, so we just came and skated all day . . . We took the first boat at 9 o'clock and then stayed till the last boat at midnight and walked home."

Mrs. Kwiatkowski worked for a brief time as a bank teller, but her most fulfilling pursuit would come after marriage, when, as a mother, she would walk her children daily to St. James School. A gifted dressmaker, she regularly fashioned costumes for school pageants.

She was active in the Diocese of Buffalo's Catholic Charities drive, collecting throughout the Kensington-Bailey area. She also was a past officer of the St. James Catholic Church Ladies Sodality.

Her husband of 30 years, John, died in 1972.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Parkes of Williamsville and Jane of Buffalo; a sister, Florentine Kasprzyk of Florence, Ky.; and four grandsons.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence, after prayers at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 8440 Main St., Clarence. Burial will be in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Hamburg.

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