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Kent J. Liszewski, senior administrator <br> June 6, 1959 -- Feb. 16, 2009

Kent J. Liszewski of Snyder, a senior administrator at New Directions Youth and Family Services in Lockport, died unexpectedly Tuesday in Erie County Medical Center. He was 49.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Liszewski earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Canisius College in 1981 and his master's in social work from the University at Albany in 1983.

He became a licensed certified social worker in 1991 and was a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

From 1983 to 1989, Mr. Liszewski worked in a variety of positions at Schenectady ARC, which provides services for developmentally disabled adults.

In 1989, he was hired as a social worker at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children, now a program of New Directions. Mr. Liszewski served as preventive services director from 1997 to 1999. Since 1999, he had served as director of performance and quality improvement.

Survived include his wife of 26 years, Judith Schwartz-Liszewski; two sons, Joshua and Jackson; a daughter, Jenna; his parents, Ruth and Joseph; two sisters, Denise Zika and Julie Orbank; and seven brothers, Eric Kafka and Michael, Douglas, Randall, Scott, Joseph and John.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder.


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