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Adeline G. Bucki, teacher, active in church

June 30, 1922 – March 10, 2015

Adeline G. Bucki, an active churchwoman and former teacher at St. Bonaventure Elementary School in West Seneca, died Tuesday at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst following a long illness. She was 92.

Born in Buffalo, the former Adeline Graczyk graduated from East High School. She worked as a clerk for New York Telephone from 1941 to 1949, when she married John F. Bucki. He died in 2006 after 57 years of marriage.

Mrs. Bucki devoted the early years of her marriage to raising her three children before embarking on a second career as a school teacher in 1965. The family moved to West Seneca and she taught at St. Bonaventure Elementary for more than 20 years, retiring in 1986.

Mrs. Bucki also was a member of St. Bonaventure Parish in West Seneca and served on both the school board and the parish council. She was president of the St. Bonaventure Altar and Rosary Society until the parish was consolidated with nearby parishes.

When her oldest son, the Rev. John P. Bucki, joined the Society of Jesus, she became active in the Loyola Guild and served as its president for many years.

Mrs. Bucki valued her involvement in Buffalo’s Polish community and served as a lodge secretary at the Polish Union of America for more than 20 years. She also was a delegate to seven of the union’s national conventions.

In addition to her son John, Mrs. Bucki is survived by her son Carl L. Bucki, chief judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of New York; her daughter, Dr. Barbara Ohm, a veterinarian; two sisters, Matilda Graczyk and Jacqueline Feuz; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville.

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