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Violet Zajac, ran Black Rock grocery store with husband

Aug. 22, 1926 – Sept. 27, 2013

Violet Zajac of Buffalo, who ran a grocery store in Black Rock with her late husband for more than three decades, died Friday in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. She was 87.

Mrs. Zajac graduated from Riverside High School and attended St. Mary’s Business School.

She ran the Black Rock Food Center for 36 years, starting in the late 1940s, with her late husband, Edward, who died in 1984. The family sold the business after Mr. Zajac’s death.

Mrs. Zajac also worked in the pharmacy department and as concierge for Kenmore Mercy Hospital. She also was a volunteer at the McAuley Residence, Kenmore, and the St. Catherine Laboure Health Center in Buffalo, where she had lived since June.

She was a collector of angels and led the singing during Sunday Mass at Amberleigh Senior Living Community in Amherst.

Survivors include two sons, Robert and the Rev. Richard E. “Duke” Zajac, chaplain at Sisters Hospital.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Assumption Catholic Church, 435 Amherst St.

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