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Patricia L. Wojcik, fundraiser for senior center; Nov. 1, 1940 -- April 22, 2011

Patricia L. Wojcik, the leading force behind fundraising efforts for the Cheektowaga Senior Citizen Center, died Friday in her Cheektowaga home. She was 70.

Mrs. Wojcik was born Patricia Waligora. She graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy (Villa Maria) and received an associate's degree from Erie County Technical Institute.

Mrs. Wojcik was named the head of the Cheektowaga Department of Senior Services in 1980. She was devoted to the creation of a senior center in the town. The center opened its doors in 1982, becoming an integral part of the community for people over 60 in Cheektowaga. She retired in 2005.

Over the years, Mrs. Wojcik was recognized many times for her service to seniors. She was recognized by the White House Conference on the Aging, received the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation's Caritas Award and was named Am Pol Eagle Citizen of the Year.

She also received congressional recognition for outstanding service to the community and was named Zonta Club Outstanding Woman of the Year.

She was a lifetime member of St. John Gualbert's Parish and loved to travel and dote on her grandchildren.

Her husband, Joseph C., died in 1989.

She is survived by a son, Joseph; a daughter, Barbara Maryniak; and a sister, Barbara Waligora-Serafin. She was the longtime partner of the late Robert Tayler, who died in 2007 and was most recently the companion of Eugene Borgosz.

Prayers will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in Barron-Miller Funeral Home, 3025 William St., Cheektowaga. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. in St. Philip the Apostle, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga.

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