April 16, 1937 – Jan. 19, 2015
Joan E. Dudek, the former Cheektowaga tax receiver who was active in Democratic politics, died unexpectedly Monday at her Cheektowaga home. She was 77.
She started in the tax department as a clerk in 1969 and was named receiver of taxes in 1982. She retired in 2003.
The Buffalo native attended Kensington High School and the University at Buffalo. She was a legal stenographer from 1953 to 1960.
She was active in Democratic politics, serving on the town committee from 1974 to 1981, and was elected treasurer for three terms. She served as secretary and treasurer of several election committees, and of the Good Government Committee. She was a member of the Greater Buffalo Democratic Women’s Club from 1969 to 1981, and the Democratic Women’s Club of Cheektowaga from 1975 to 1981. She also served on the Erie County Democratic Committee on sustaining membership.
Mrs. Dudek was chairman of Concerned Citizens for Action Now, District 4, and led a campaign for the protection of residents’ privacy as taxpayers. She also promoted a bill to control outdoor rock concerts.
She was a former member of AFSCME Local 1026, where she served as recording secretary and a member of the negotiating committee, and a former delegate to the Buffalo and Western New York AFL-CIO Council.
She also was a lifelong supporter of sports for children and young adults.
Survivors include two sons, Gene and Peter; two sisters, Ann DiStefano and Gerri Sherman; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in Queen of Martyrs Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga.